Diagnostics include echocardiogram, bone scans, ultrasounds, and other types of tests. At Northeast Florida Internal Medicine, Elyssa Blissenbach, MD, and Lea-Anne Griffis, APRN, and the team offer diagnostic testing in their Jacksonville, Florida, office. Your health and wellness are their top priority, so they provide a streamlined experience in one place, from physical exams, lab tests, and diagnostic tests to comprehensive treatments. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Diagnostics use various forms of technology to evaluate bones, organs, tissues, and function. It plays a central role in detecting and diagnosing many chronic diseases.
Northeast Florida Internal Medicine offers many different diagnostic testing services, including:
Echocardiography evaluates how blood flows through the heart valves and chambers. This type of imaging combines electrodes that monitor heart rhythm with an ultrasound that looks at blood flow. It can help diagnose problems like abnormal heart valves and heart murmurs.
A renal ultrasound uses sound waves to create images of your kidneys and their attached structures, including the ureters and bladder. This type of imaging helps diagnose cysts, tumors, obstructions, and other issues.
A carotid artery ultrasound looks for narrowing or blockage of the carotid arteries that bring blood to your brain. This test can detect warning signs for stroke, so you may need a carotid ultrasound if you had a transient ischemic attack (mini-stroke) or if you have risk factors for stroke.
Autonomic testing encompasses a big group of tests that evaluate the autonomic nervous system. Some non-imaging tests of this type include nerve testing, sweat gland testing, and assessments of your heart rate and blood pressure. Autonomic testing may also involve imaging tests, such as an ultrasound, to check for nerve problems affecting bladder function.
Dual X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scans use high and low-level X-rays to check bone density in key areas (the hip or spine). This test checks for osteoporosis, in which bones thin and become vulnerable to fractures. Women (those most at risk of osteoporosis) typically need a DEXA scan at age 65 but could need it sooner based on risk factors.
All of these diagnostic tests are available in the Northeast Florida Internal Medicine office for your convenience.
In most cases, you don’t need to do anything to prepare for diagnostic tests. However, the team explains the tests before you have them so you’ll know what to expect.
Northeast Florida Internal Medicine handles all your medical care in one place, including your diagnostics. Call the office or schedule your appointment online today.