Diagnostic Care Center at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest

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Echocardiogram

An echocardiogram is a noninvasive (the skin is not pierced) procedure used to assess the heart's function and structures. During the procedure, a transducer (like a microphone) sends out ultrasonic sound waves at a frequency too high to be heard. When the transducer is placed on the chest at certain locations and angles, the ultrasonic sound waves move through the skin and other body tissues to the heart and blood vessel tissues, where the waves bounce or "echo" off of the structures. These sound waves are sent to a computer that can create moving images of the heart walls, blood vessels and valves.

Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG)

An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is one of the simplest and fastest tests used to evaluate the heart. Electrodes (small, plastic patches) are placed at certain locations on the chest, arms and legs. When the electrodes are connected to the electrocardiogram machine by wires, the electrical activity of your heart is measured, interpreted and printed out for the doctor's information and further interpretation.

Electroencephalogram (EEG)

An EEG is a test that detects abnormalities in your brain waves, or in the electrical activity of your brain. The electrodes are attached to the scalp and detect changes in normal brain wave patterns.

Electromyogram (EMG)

Electromyography (EMG) measures muscle response or electrical activity in response to a nerve’s stimulation of your muscle. The test is used to help detect nerve and muscle problems.

Endocrine Testing

Testing of the endocrine system, a complex collection of hormone-producing glands that control basic body functions such as metabolism, growth, and sexual development.

Exercise Treadmill Stress Test

An exercise stress test is done to assess the heart's response to stress or exercise. In this test, the ECG is recorded while you are exercising on a treadmill or stationary bike. An ECG tracing will be taken at certain points during the test to compare the effects of increasing stress on the heart.

Holter Monitor

The Holter monitor is a type of portable electrocardiogram (ECG). It records the electrical activity of the heart continuously over 24 hours or longer while you are away from the doctor's office.

Lab Tests

Laboratory tests use blood, urine or other samples to understand what is happening inside your body or if treatments that have been prescribed to you are working. Tests can check for blood glucose (sugar) levels, liver or kidney function, hormone function, the flu and more. Lab tests are ordered by your physician or advanced practice clinician when needed.

Nuclear Stress Test

Myocardial perfusion is an imaging test. It's also called a nuclear stress test. It is done to show how well blood flows through the heart muscle. It also shows how well the heart muscle is pumping. This test may be done during rest and while you exercise.

Pre-Admission Testing

Tests to be performed prior to your surgery or procedure. Pre-admission testing (PAT) is usually done no earlier than 14 days before surgery or procedure and is scheduled through the doctor's office.