Various techniques are employed by certified therapists to treat respiratory conditions and to help prevent respiratory complications. Pulmonary function studies may also be done to help diagnose respiratory conditions. Your attending physician orders these treatments or tests.
Brain wave studies, or electroencephalograms (EEG) are diagnostic tools used by a physician to diagnose injuries or diseases of the brain. Evoked Potentials (EP) studies are a stimulation of a sense organ (eye or ear) or a peripheral nerve that triggers a tiny voltage charge along neural pathways to the brain. The physician uses EP studies to diagnose demyelinating diseases, trauma, cerebrovascular accident, tumors, conductive hearing loss and peripheral nerve disease. The neurodiagnostic service has recently updated to digital technology. The service also offers ambulatory EEG and intra-operative monitoring of evoked potentials.
Echocardiograms (Echo) are non-invasive ultrasound tests that evaluate heart function. They are performed by registered cardiac sonographers. Stress tests are performed to evaluate the heart's response to increased workload. This test can be performed in conjunction with nuclear medicine scans. Your physician will determine the necessity of these tests. A physician, a registered cardiovascular technologist and, if necessary, a registered nuclear medicine technologist will be present during your exam.
The Cardiopulmonary Care Department works with nursing and ancillary services in a multidisciplinary approach to patient care.