At American Diagnostics Medical, we utilize a variety of different testing devices in order to detect lung cancer and other pulmonary conditions and cardiovascular illnesses. Each of these tests are conducted by trained professionals and designed with your comfort in mind.
- Our ultra-low dose radiation CT scan machine is used to scan for abnormalities within the body without surgery. Patients are requested to remove any clothing or accessories that may contain metal. If the abdomen/pelvis are under examination, the patient may be asked to drink a flavored solution to make intestines stand out from the rest of the abdominal contents.
- CT scans are quick, comfortable and convenient, as patients lie down on a padded table while a series of images are taken. You will not be put through a tunnel for your CT scan either. The process takes less than 10 minutes, results are analyzed in-house, and patients are provided with a disk containing their results usually available that same day.
- When compared to chest x-ray results, early detection by CT scans were found to reduce lung cancer deaths among former and current heavy smokers by 20 percent over chest x-ray.
- Ultrasound scans are used to detect cardiovascular disease — diseases of the heard and blood vessels. Similar to radar and sonar, ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to bound off of internal organs to create images that doctors interpret.
- There is no exposure to ionizing radiation during an ultrasound test.
Pulmonary Function Tests (PFT)
- Pulmonary function tests are comprehensive evaluations of the patient’s respiratory system that aid in the evaluation of lung cancer and various other pulmonary/cardiovascular illnesses. PFT’s are utilized by American Diagnostics Medical to help predict lung cancer risk, provide presurgical evaluation and identify a number of lung function abnormalities such as COPD and emphysema
- Patients will inhale a harmless tracer gas, hold their breath for 10 seconds or less then exhale into a mouthpiece connected to a tube. The tracer gas is used so doctors are able to determine how much oxygen was absorbed into the lungs and sent throughout the body during a single breath.
- A sputum test helps to detect the bacteria that may be infecting the lungs or other points in the respiratory system. Patients are instructed in cough deeply and spit the resulting phlegm into a test container. The container is then analyzed for potentially harmful agents and the patient is treated as needed.