Q: What is Digital X-Ray?
A: This is a form of X-ray imaging where digital X-Ray sensors are used instead of traditional film. This involves lesser radiation and improves time efficiency.
Q: : X-Ray for pregnant women?
A: If you are pregnant or think you could be pregnant or if you have implants, please inform the X-Ray technician. In case of pregnant women, the technician will cover the lower abdomen with a lead apron.
Q: How long does it take to get an X-Ray done? Is it the same for a Barium Swallow or a Barium Meal?
A: A chest X-Ray takes around 5-10 minutes to complete, while X-Rays of bones/joints take about 15 minutes.
Barium swallow gets completed in 1 hour, and Barium meal takes about 4-5 hours.
Q: What is hysterosalpingogram? How long does it take to complete?
A: A hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is an X-ray test that looks at the inside of the uterus and fallopian tubes and the area around them. It often is done for women who are not becoming pregnant. The procedure takes about 10 minutes to complete.
Q: What is an ECG? How long does it take?
A: An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a simple non-invasive test that gives a graphical representation of the functioning of the heart. It is done as a part of routine physical examination and detects abnormal heart rhythms and is used to investigate chest discomforts. An ECG takes 5 minutes to complete.
PULMONARY FUNCTION TEST (PFT)
Q: What is PFT?
A: A PFT is done to measure how well the lungs take in and release air and how well they move oxygen into the blood.
Q: Under what conditions will PFT be indicated?
A: A PFT is normally indicated in smokers, ex-smokers, people with chronic coughs, shortness of breath and those with respiratory tract infections.
Q: How is this test performed and how long does it take?
A: You will be made to blow into a sterile mouthpiece that is connected to an instrument called a spirometer. The spirometer records the amount and rate of air that you breathe in and out over a period of time. This test takes about 15 minutes to complete.
Q: Are there any instructions to be followed for the lab tests?
A: We cater to a wide variety of pathology tests and instructions that differ from one test to another. It is essential to call our Centre and follow the directions given to ensure correct results. Blood collection for pathology tests take about 5 minutes to complete.
Q: Do you offer home visit for blood collection?
A: Yes, with prior notice, we send technicians for home visits.
Q: When can I get the report?
A: About 90% of the reports are given on the same evening. Certain specialized investigations require an additional day or two.
Q: What is ultrasound?
A: Ultrasound is a non-invasive diagnostic procedure that uses sound waves to obtain diagnostic images. Ultrasound imaging is used to evaluate many parts of the body, including the abdomen, blood vessels, and superficial body structures. Since there is no radiation involved it plays a key role in assessing pregnancy, and is the easiest method of evaluating growth rate, position, movement heartbeat and congenital anomalies in a foetus.
Q: What are Doppler Studies?
A: Colour Doppler is a special technique that allows us to evaluate the blood vessels and the blood flow.
Q: How long do these tests take?
A: An abdominal ultrasound takes about 5 minutes to complete while a Doppler takes around 20 minutes.
COMPUTERISED TREADMILL TEST
Q: What is a Computerised Treadmill Test?
A: A stress test or a Treadmill Test (TMT) is a test, which is done to find out how hard the heart can work before symptoms develop and how quickly the heart recovers after exercise.
Q: Are there any specific instructions to be followed for the stress test?
A: Please call our front office staff to get specific instructions for all tests. Please wear or bring along with you, your exercise shoes for this test.
Q: How long does a stress test take?
A: This test takes around 15 minutes to complete.
Q: What is echocardiography?
A: This is the process by which ultrasound is used to study the heart. This is used in evaluating the size of the heart and its chambers and to visualize how well the heart is pumping.
Q: How long does it take for this procedure?
A: An Echo takes 10 minutes to complete.
HELICOBACTER PYLORI (H.Pylori) – UREA BREATH TEST
Q: What is H.Pylori?
A: H.Pylori is a bacteria in the stomach that plays a vital role in the formation of ulcers (not always but most of the time). It is also proven that long-standing, untreated H.Pylori infection can lead to cancer of the stomach.
Q: How can I contract H.Pylori?
A: Studies have shown infection can spread through food and water. Common eating and sharing of plates and utensils is a known cause for getting infected. Infected people have found to have the bacteria in their saliva. Mouth to mouth contact like kissing can cause spread.
Q: What are the common symptoms?
A: Some of the common symptoms include: Burning, Belching, Bloating/Fullness, Nausea, Pain, Fatigue, Loss of Weight, Loss of Appetite, Dark Stools, and Skin Rash.
Q: How can H.Pylori be detected?
A: The bacteria can be detected by tissue biopsy tests (with the help of an endoscope – “gold standard”), breath tests (Urea Breath Tests that are non-invasive – recent advances) and blood tests (revealing antibodies to the bacteria).
Q: What is the Urea Breath Test?
A: It is a non-invasive and safe test, which does not require the patient to undergo endoscopy. It takes 20 minutes to complete the test. The accuracy is about 96-98%. The costs are about the same as This test costs less than an endoscopy.
Q: How is the breath test performed?
A: The test is performed in the following way:
- Simply entails swallowing a capsule, which contains 1microcurie of C14 urea. This has a carbon atom.
- If H.Pylori is present it will break down the urea and release the carbon.
- The blood carries the carbon to the lungs and the patient exhales it.
- The breath sample of carbon dioxide is collected by blowing into a special collection card.
- The card is fed into a beta counter for a measurement of the level of H Pylori infestation
Q: How safe is the breath test?
A: The C14 urea contains a tiny amount of radio- active material which will pass out of the body in a day in the urine and breath. The amount of radio -active exposure from the test is less than what one receives everyday from nature.
Q: Once detected, what is the treatment for H.Pylori?
A: Your doctor will prescribe a course of treatment that usually involves a combination of antibiotics, acid suppressants and stomach protectors.
Q: Should you undergo a health checkup even if you feel normal and healthy?
A: Yes, prevention is better & cheaper than cure. The main purpose of a health package is to detect diseases in early stage.
Q: How often should a health checkup be done?
A: Once a year at least.
GENERAL PHYSICIAN CONSULTATION
Q: What are the timings for the general physician consultation?
A: General Physician consultation can be availed Monday – Saturday on prior appointment.
Q: How does physiotherapy help in rehabilitation?
A: Physiotherapy aids in recovery after sports injuries; incase of back and neck pain; in arthritis; stroke rehabilitation; and neurological conditions. Physiotherapy helps to eliminate or minimize pain, and restore muscle flexibility and strength.
Q: is Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)? How does one get it? Is it treatable?
A: Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is an umbrella term (also known as Computer Related Injury (CRI)/Occupational Overuse Syndrome/Cumulative Trauma Disorder) for a number of specific injuries caused by repeated movement or strain of a particular part of the body. Frequent use of the same muscle for the same motion causes injury, which ranges from minor/constant aches and discomfort to permanent disablements. Those who use the computer on a regular basis are at high risk. RSI is preventable and treatable. It is vital not to ignore the early warning signs
Q: What is Ergonomics?
A: Ergonomics is the science of adjusting your work environment to fit your body and make it as comfortable and healthy as possible.>
Q: What is Manual Therapy or Manual Physical Therapy?
A: Manual physical therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy delivered with the hands as opposed to a device or machine. Here the practitioners use their hands to put pressure on muscle tissue and manipulate joints in an attempt to decrease pain caused by muscle spasm, muscle tension, and joint dysfunction.
MASTER HEALTH CHECKS (MHC)
Q: Why should I get a Master Health Check done?
A: MHCs are proven ways to discover and treat life’s little problems before they can become bigger.
Q: How long does it take for a Master Health Checkup?
A: 3-4 hours of your time, once a year will make a big difference to the quality of your life.
Q: How can we fix appointments for MHCs?
A: You can call or email us your requirements, and we will be more than happy to make you feel happy and healthy at the earliest.