Diagnostic Services in Henderson
Find Out What’s Causing Your Health Issue
It can be scary dealing with a health condition no one seems to be able
to identify. At Methodist Hospital, we make use of the most reliable and
efficient diagnostic tests to find out what’s going on and how we
can help. Below you will find an overview of different diagnostic tests
used to find conditions in the heart, lungs, stomach and head.
Diagnosing conditions in the heart and lungs are extremely important to
personal health. Several tests offered at Methodist Hospital help our
doctors check up on your cardiopulmonary system and look for troubling issues.
Holter Monitoring – In this relatively simple test, a Holter Monitor is connected to your chest
through electrodes and kept on your person via an armband. The device
monitors your heart rate for a day or two and is then removed so the doctor
can review the results. While the device is attached, you should go home
and continue your daily routine so the machine can get an accurate reading.
Stress Test EKG – The stress test measures your heart’s response to exercise. Doctors
hook patients up to an electrocardiogram (EKG) and monitor the heart while
you run on a treadmill. The results help to diagnose the cause of chest
pains and disorientation patients my feel when exercising.
Pulmonary Function Test – To check on a patient’s lungs, a doctor may perform a pulmonary
function test. In this test patients breathe into a device that records
their total lung capacity. The results can aid in the diagnosis of asthma,
allergies, lung cancer, and more.
Endoscopies are used to examine the digestive tract. Methodist Hospital
offers both upper and lower endoscopies.
Upper endoscopy – This method of endoscopy passes an endoscope (small, tube-shaped camera)
through the patient’s throat to examine the esophagus. From here
doctors can look for causes of nausea, heartburn, and other stomach problems.
The images produced are of a much higher quality than standard x-rays.
Lower endoscopy – Most people know this procedure as a colonoscopy. This time the endoscope
is inserted through the rectum into the colon. Colonoscopies are most
often used to screen for colon cancer, but can also check for damage that
causes weight loss, anemia, and stomach pains.
Diagnosing a neurological disorder can difficult. The brain and nervous
system are incredibly complex, and the physical manifestations of neurological
disorders can be subtle. In order to accurately diagnose these conditions,
we work with experienced neurologists knowledgeable in a variety of screening
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – An MRI is a safe, radiation free method of producing images of internal
structures. It is one of the most useful methods of finding tumors, cysts,
and infection in the brain.
Electroencephalogram (EEG) – An EEG is attached to the patient’s head through painless, metal
electrodes. The electrodes read electrical activity and record them for
doctors to review. EEGs are typically used to diagnose epilepsy and brain
Magnetic Resonance Venography (MRV) – This is a procedure very similar to an MRI and even uses the same equipment.
The key difference is that MRVs focus on the blood vessels, and in a head
MRV they focus on blood flowing to and from the brain and neck. The results
from this test are highly accurate, and evaluating brain blood flow can
help diagnose numerous neurological disorders.
Computerized Tomography (CT Scan) – A CT scan is a type of x-ray that creates images of the brain, and is especially
useful for finding tumors. CT scans and MRIs can diagnose similar things,
the key difference is that CT scans are faster and typically cheaper,
making them valuable in emergency situations.
Not being able to sleep can be devastating to your physical and mental
health. In certain cases sleep disorders can even be life threatening,
as they raise blood pressure and increase chances of suffering a heart
attack or stroke.
The best way to diagnose a sleep disorder is to have your rest monitored
by a medical professional. Methodist Hospital houses a Neurodiagnostic
lab, where we provide patients with spacious rooms to spend the not. From
a discrete location, doctors watch the patient sleep and look for symptoms
that hint at their underlying condition. For appointments with the sleep
lab, call 270-827-7474.
For more on our diagnostic exams, review our imaging and radiology services.