Diagnostic Imaging Services
Bone Mineral Density Test
A bone density test determines if you have osteoporosis — a disease that causes bones to become more fragile and more likely to break. In the past, osteoporosis could be detected only after you broke a bone. By that time, however, your bones could be quite weak. A bone density test makes it possible to know your risk of breaking bones before the fact.
A bone density test uses X-rays to measure how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals are packed into a segment of bone. The bones that are most commonly tested are located in the spine, hip and forearm.
An echocardiogram is a test performed to assess the heart’s function and structures. The test uses sound waves to create a moving picture of the heart. These sound waves bounce or “echo” off of the heart structures and are sent to a computer that can create moving images of the heart walls and valves. This picture is much more detailed than an x-ray image and does not involve radiation exposure.
General Radiography, commonly referred to as x-ray, is a diagnostic tool used to create images of the body’s internal structures. These images are used to detect abnormalities in bones, lungs and other internal organs.
The ultrasound machine produces high-frequency sound waves that reflect off of the internal organs or tissues to make a picture. This test does not use radiation and is traditionally associated with gynecologists and obstetricians providing examinations of pregnancies as there is no danger to the unborn child. In addition to pregnancy examinations, the test also allows the machine to pinpoint the exact location of an organ for treatment or surgery.
For additional information on Diagnostic Imaging rests please visit the following resource: www.radiologyinfo.org
Patients and their families now have online access to their medical imaging records.
Instead of picking up at CD, an online service, PocketHealth, now offers North Wellington Health Care patients and their families access to their medical imaging records online.
Patients can request access to their imaging records by submitting the online request at www.pockethealth.com/WHCA.
Once enrolled for access, patients can view their entire available medical imaging history from Wellington Health Care Alliance, share records instantly with any healthcare providers, and even burn their own CD/USB from home. There is a $5 fee at the time of enrolment which includes permanent access to all previous imaging as well as any new exams patients undergo over the following two weeks. Patients can update their accounts with new imaging records anytime for an additional $5 fee. Alternatively, a monthly subscription of $10 or a yearly subscription of $49 is also available to access all existing and future imaging for a patient and up to 4 consenting family members.
For more information about online access through PocketHealth, please visit www.pockethealth.com/patients or contact the PocketHealth Patient Experience team at 1-855-381-8522 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hours of Operation
Louise Marshall Hospital 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Palmerston District Hospital 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
What to Bring
To allow your test to go smoothly, please remember to bring:
- Physician requisition with physician signature (without this requisition we cannot perform any diagnostic imaging test)
- OHIP Card