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X-Rays, Ultrasound & Echo

X-Rays, Ultrasound & Echo

Eastway Medical Clinic

X-rays, Ultrasound and 2D echo are available for patients of Eastway Medical Clinic and Urgent Care in Charlotte North Carolina who may benefit from any of these studies 

What is an X-ray?

X-ray imaging creates pictures of the inside of the body which is shown in different shades of black and white because different tissues absorb different amounts of radiation. Bones appear white because Calcium in bones absorbs x-rays the most while fat and other soft tissues absorb less, and look gray. Lungs look black because air absorbs the least.

X-rays are mostly used to check for broken bones, but are also used in other ways; for example, chest x-ray is used to check for pneumonia and mammograms are used to look for breast cancer.

How to Prepare for the Test

Tell your health care team if you are pregnant or may be pregnant. Remove all jewelry because. metal can cause unclear images. You may need to wear a hospital gown and a lead apron to protect certain parts of your body even though the amount of radiation you get from an x-ray is small.

How the Test will Feel

X-rays are painless, but some body positions needed during an x-ray may be uncomfortable for a short time.

Risks

X-rays are monitored and regulated so you get the minimum amount of radiation exposure needed to produce the image. For most x-rays, the risk of cancer or defects is very low. Young children and babies in the womb are more sensitive to the risks of x-rays, therefore, tell your provider if you think you might be pregnant. 

What is an ultrasound?

Ultrasound machine uses high-frequency sound waves to make images of organs and structures inside the body. The machine sends out high-frequency sound waves that reflect off body structures which is received by a computer that es them to create a picture. Unlike with x-rays or CT scans, this test does not expose you to ionizing radiation.

A clear, water-based conducting gel is applied to the skin over the abdomen. This helps with the transmission of the sound waves. A handheld probe called a transducer is then moved over the abdomen.

How the Test is Performed

You will lie down for the test and a clear, water-based gel is applied to the area to be examined and a handheld probe called transducer is moved over the area being examined.

How to Prepare for the Test

Preparation will depend on the part of the body being examined.

How the Test will Feel

The test does not cause discomfort but the conducting gel may feel a bit cold and wet

Why the Test is Performed

 An ultrasound test is performed for many reasons and may be used to look for problems involving arteries, veins, abdomen, pelvis, thyroid etc

What is an echocardiogram?

An echocardiogram is a test that uses sound waves to create pictures of the heart. An echocardiogram shows the heart while it is beating and it also shows the heart valves and other structures.

How the Test is Performed

TEE (transthoracic echocardiogram) is the most common type echocardiogram performed. During the exam, an instrument called a transducer is placed on various locations on the chest and upper abdomen which releases high-frequency sound waves that is picked up by the transducer and is converted into moving pictures of the heart by the echocardiography machine.

How to Prepare for the Test

No special steps are needed before a TTE test. If you are having a TEE, you will not be able to eat or drink for several hours before the test.

How the Test will Feel

During the test, electrodes will be placed on your naked chest to monitor your heart beat. A gel will be applied on your chest and the transducer will be moved your skin.

Why the Test is Performed

This test evaluates the valves and chambers of the heart from the outside of the body and can help detect abnormalities of the heart structure and function.

Risks

No known risks from an external TTE test.

Visit Eastway Medical Clinic and Urgent Care in Charlotte North Carolina if you need any of the Services listed above. Our very experienced and compassionate doctors will take good care of you. Call or go online to make an appointment. We also offer same day appointment and take walk-ins. 

We Are Accepting New Patients

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments regarding Eastway Medical Clinic & Urgent Care. You can either call us at 704 360 8893 or send us an email to info@eastwaymedicalclinic.com

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Eastway Medical Clinic & Urgent Care 1220 Eastway Drive Charlotte, NC 28205

Phone: 704 360 8893

Fax: 704 626 6515

hours of operation

Monday

8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Tuesday

8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Wednesday

8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Thursday

8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Friday

8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Saturday

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sunday

Closed

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