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Outpatient Diagnostics 



Bay Medical provides the best in diagnostic testing by combining the sophisticated power of technology with the expertise of highly skilled physicians and technologists. Bay Medical’s diagnostic network offers several locations to serve you (shown at right).

Below is an overview of each diagnostic test along with any requirements and the locations the test is available. Some tests require an appointment, while others require fasting prior to the exam. Please remember to bring your physician orders with you to the exam. If you are required to have an appointment, you can pre-register when you call our scheduling line at 850-747-6987.

CT Scan
A Computer Tomography (CT) scan is used to evaluate injuries or diseases, allowing physicians to obtain wafer-thin cross-sections of the inside of the body. These highly detailed images assist the physician in making a quick and accurate diagnosis.

Requirements:
  • Appointment is necessary.
  • Chest CT – Do not eat or drink anything two hours before the exam. A chest x-ray is required for this procedure. Most CT scans require the administration of IV contrast media (x-ray dye). Patients over 75 will require current lab work. If you have a history of allergies, please tell your doctor.
  • Abdomen or Pelvis CT – Do not eat or drink anything four hours before the exam. These exams require that you drink an oral contrast, provided by the technologist, prior to your exam. Please arrive one hour before appointment for abdomen exam and one and a half hours prior to your appointment for pelvic exam.
Available at: Bay Medical Outpatient Center and Bay Medical at the Beach

EKG
Electrocardiogram (EKG) is a brief and painless procedure that measures the heart’s electrical activity to evaluate cardiovascular disease.

Requirements:
  • No appointment necessary.
Available at: Bay Medical Outpatient Center, Bay Medical Diagnostic Center and Bay Medical at the Beach

DEXA Scan
Bone Densitometry is used to measure bone density in evaluation of osteoporosis, a disease characterized by decreased bone density. This advanced, specialized type of x-ray takes only a few minutes to complete and involves no invasive procedures or injections. Because osteoporosis can be treated and even reversed in many cases, DEXA is an important tool for patients and physicians.

Requirements:
  • Appointment is necessary.
Available at: Bay Medical Outpatient Center

Laboratory
Laboratory test results are typically available to physicians within 24 hours. However, some specialized tests and cultures must be sent out for detailed evaluation and therefore require additional time for final results.

Requirements:
  • No appointment necessary
  • Need prescription from physician
Available at: Bay Medical Outpatient Center, Bay Medical Diagnostic Center and Bay Medical at the Beach

Mammography
A mammography is an x-ray image of the breast used to detect tumors and cysts often much earlier than can be detected by touch. The mammography equipment compresses the breast so that all the breast tissue can be more clearly seen. Bay Medical uses the latest in digital mammography for the sharpest images possible and a faster exam. Bay Medical’s mammography service is accredited by the American College of Radiology. Bay Medical is a certified mammography facility by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Requirements:
  • Appointment is necessary.
  • Do not wear deodorant or body lotion the day of your procedure
Available at: Bay Medical Outpatient Center

MRI
Magnetic Resonance Imaging involves the use of a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and high-powered computers to produce incredibly clear, anatomical images. MRI is helpful in evaluating disease and injury to the body, particularly in the neurological and orthopedic areas. Highly detailed images of the internal body structures can be viewed by the physician without the need for surgery. Bay Medical’s MRI facility, offering both conventional and open MRI, has been accredited by the American College of Radiology. Most procedures take between 15 and 45 minutes.

Requirements:
  • Appointment is necessary.
  • Please notify your physician before this procedure if you are pregnant.
Available at: Bay Medical Outpatient Center and Bay Medical at the Beach 

Nuclear Medicine
Nuclear Medicine uses radioactive isotopes to visualize and image specific body systems and organs. This procedure requires a painless injection of a short-lived radioactive material with no aftereffect. This test is used to evaluate the cardiovascular system, bones, lungs, and abdominal organs. All technologists in this department at Bay Medical are certified Nuclear Medicine Technologists.

Requirements:
  • Appointment is necessary.
  • Routine exams require no preparation.
  • Specialty exams for Hepatobiliary, Gastric, Thyroid, Parathyroid, and Stress Thallium require the following:   
    • Do not eat or drink eight hours before your exam.
    • If taking thyroid medication, discontinue use 28 days prior to exam. Must not have intravenous contrast media for 28 days prior to exam.
    • If taking beta blockers, discontinue use 48 hours prior to exam.
Available at: Bay Medical Outpatient Center

Breast Biopsy

A breast biopsy is a procedure in which a sample of breast tissue is removed for analysis by the physician using only a needle, without the need for more invasive surgery. This procedure takes about one hour and requires only a Band-Aid to return to your normal activities the same day. The Mammotome Biopsy System can help a doctor make a highly accurate diagnosis of a breast abnormality without the need for open surgery.

  • Appointment is necessary.

Available at: Bay Medical Outpatient Center

Ultrasound
An ultrasound is used to evaluate most body systems which include the organs of abdomen, pelvis, and the vascular system. Completely non-invasive and painless, an ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves as its imaging source. Bay Medical ultrasound technologists are specially trained in ultrasound and are certified by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.

Requirements:
Appointment is necessary.

  • Routine exam requires no preparation
  • Abdomen ultrasound – Do not eat or drink eight hours before your exam
  • Aorta ultrasound – Do not eat or drink eight hours before your exam
  • Pelvic ultrasound – You must have a full bladder  before the scan is done. Drink 32 ounces of water (or other liquid) one hour prior to exam.

Available at: Bay Medical Outpatient Center, Bay Medical Diagnostic Center and Bay Medical at the Beach

X-Ray
Skilled technologists at Bay Medical provide x-ray imaging on a walk-in basis without an appointment. An x-ray, or photograph taken with high-energy photons with a short wavelength, takes only a few minutes to complete.

  • No appointment necessary for routine x-rays
  • Need prescription from physician

 

Available at: Bay Medical Outpatient Center, Bay Medical Diagnostic Center and Bay Medical at the Beach




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