In addition to the Wellness Programs, Dr. Raman’s practice offers (all done in the office):
Bone density scanning, also called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) or bone densitometry, is an enhanced form of x-ray technology that is used to measure bone loss. DXA is most often performed on the lower spine and hips.
Bone density testing is strongly recommended if you:
- are a post-menopausal woman.
- have a personal or maternal history of hip fracture or smoking.
- have a thyroid condition, such as hyperthyroidism.
- have experienced a fracture after only mild trauma.
- have had x-ray evidence of vertebral fracture or other signs of osteoporosis.
Mammography is a specific type of imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray system to examine breasts. Two recent advances in mammography include digital mammography and computer-aided detection.
Digital mammography is a mammography system in which the x-ray film is replaced by solid-state detectors that convert x-rays into electrical signals. These detectors are similar to those found in digital cameras. The electrical signals are used to produce images of the breast that can be seen on a computer screen or printed on special film similar to conventional mammograms. From the patient’s point of view, having a digital mammogram is essentially the same as having a conventional film mammogram.
Computer-aided detection (CAD) systems use a digitized mammographic image that can be obtained from either a conventional film mammogram or a digitally acquired mammogram. The computer software then searches for abnormal areas of density, mass, or calcification that may indicate the presence of cancer. The CAD system highlights these areas on the images, alerting the radiologist to the need for further analysis.
Any blood work ordered by Dr. Raman can be drawn right in the office and will be processed at Dr. Raman’s office, Quest, or Lab Corp depending on your insurance carrier.
Specialists are available for the following: