When you visit the doctor, you may be seeking treatment for specific symptoms. Or, your doctor may find an abnormality during your office visit or physical exam. Either way, before appropriate and effective treatment can begin, it’s important to understand what may be causing your symptoms or at the root of what your doctor found.
That’s where diagnostic services come in. Dr. Rani Anbarasu and the knowledgeable medical professionals at Star Medical Associates use specially designed tools and tests to gather evidence that can help shed light on your illness or condition. At its most basic, a blood pressure reading or blood work can be considered tests that are used to help identify or confirm a diagnosis. The same is true for skin lesion biopsies.
Other on-premises diagnostic health services we offer Star Medical Associates patients include:
If you have urine flow problems, including urinary incontinence , your doctor may order a diagnostic bladder scan.
Bladder scans performed at Star Medical Associates include:
- Post-void residual (PVR) volume scans – This scan identifies the amount of urine that remains in the bladder after urinating. It involves the use of a handheld ultrasound device guided over the skin of the lower abdomen, in the area of the bladder.
- Uroflowmetry – Your doctor will ask you to urinate in a toilet fitted with a device that can measure the volume, speed, and rate at which urine is released during urination.
These tests can help diagnose urinary tract issues or bladder obstruction.
An electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) is used to measure your heart rate and rhythm. Your doctor may order an ECG if she suspects heart problems like irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias) or blocked arteries that may be restricting blood flow to your heart (coronary artery disease).
An ECG is conducted by putting sensors on the skin of your torso. These sensors are attached to a machine that records the electrical activity of your heart while at rest. The test usually takes about 10 minutes to complete, and you remain laying down the entire time. It is a quick, painless, and noninvasive in-office procedure many doctors rely on as a first line diagnostic exam for problems with the heart.
Pulmonary Function Tests
These tests measure how well your lungs are functioning. Pulmonary function tests, or PFTs, include a number of different tests that can measure lung capacity, airflow rates, and more. PFTs are used to help identify health conditions such as:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which is usually a combination of emphysema and chronic bronchitis
- Respiratory infections
We perform a variety of tests in our office, including spirometry. This test measures the amount of air your lungs can hold. You simply breathe into a special mouthpiece that records the volume and speed of your breath.
This noninvasive method of measuring the oxygen level of your blood is used to identify how well oxygen is being pumped throughout your body. Problems may indicate any number of cardiovascular conditions, including heart disease or problems with your blood vessels. It may also be used to identify whether a new medication or other treatment is working for you.
No needle is necessary with a pulse oximetry – and no blood is drawn, either. Rather, a sensor is clipped onto your finger where a small beam of light passes through your blood. Light absorption is measured to determine how oxygenated your blood is.
All this and convenience, too! Our diagnostic services are performed right here in our offices so there is no need for you to travel elsewhere.
Diagnostic Health Services in Denton and Frisco, TX
Get the medical tests you need today. Call Star Medical Associates at (940) 382-6900 in Denton, Texas, or (469) 301-2300 in Frisco, Texas, to find out more. Dr. Rani Anbarasu can identify which tests or scans you require. Call or request an appointment now.