Lakewood X-Ray / EKG

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Medical imaging plays a pivotal role in the delivery of excellent patient care at Lakewood Medical Centre. From detection and diagnosis to the treatment of illnesses and abnormalities, Lakewood's medical imaging and radiology services help physicians establish and execute individualized treatment plans.

Lakewood's new Digital Diagnostic Imaging System is run by expertly trained and certified imaging professionals to ensure accurate and effective imaging services for patients. Digital Imaging requires less radiation exposure than conventional analog x-ray systems, thus ensuring optimal safety for our patients.

In today's busy society, convenience is extremely important to everyone. Using our Digital Imaging System at Lakewood, your doctor can instantly view your X-rays from his or her examining room within seconds of the image being produced. Each physician office is also equipped with an advanced monitor screen to allow you to view your results with your physician at the time of your visit.

About Having an EKG (Electrocardiogram)

What is an EKG (Electrocardiogram)?

  • An EKG is a record of your heart's electrical activity.

How is an EKG Done?

  • Ten sensors are attached to your arms, legs, and chest (around the heart area).

  • This is indicated with a square and circle symbol on the following diagram:

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  • These sensors "listen" to your heartbeat and make a wave pattern on graph paper.

  • Electrical impulses associated with heart contraction and relaxation are recorded.

  • From the pattern on your EKG tracing, your doctor can check on how your heart is doing

Why has my doctor ordered an EKG?

  • Sometimes an EKG is ordered as part of a regular physical exam.

  • To check up on a chest pain you may have told your doctor about.

  • To follow the course of a heart condition or heart disease.

Will the EKG Hurt?

  • An EKG is completely painless.

  • No electricity goes into your body.

  • There is no chance of electrical shock.

Do I need an appointment for an EKG?

  • No appointment is necessary, however, you will require a laboratory requisition completed by your doctor ordering an EKG.

What information will the laboratory need from me?

  • Your height and weight (this is required for the cardiologist to interpret the tracing).

  • Your name, address, date of birth, and personal health number.

How long will it take to perform the EKG?

  • No more than 20 minutes and usually much less.

What will the laboratory ask me to do?

  • Undress ONLY to your waist (we require a bare chest to position the EKG sensors).

  • Your pant legs must be rolled up to above the knees. Women are requested to remove pantyhose to allow placement of the EKG sensors.

  • You can keep all jewellery on.

  • Lie flat on your back on the EKG table (bed).

  • RELAX!

What does an EKG tracing look like?

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(Sample only)

What happens to my EKG tracing?

  • Your EKG tracing is read by a cardiologist (doctor who specializes in the heart).

  • The results of your EKG tracing will be returned to the doctor that ordered this test, usually within one week.

  • Any urgent requests can be done the same day.

  • Laboratory staff DO NOT give out EKG results.

When are EKGs needed?

Ask your doctor if it is necessary. Usually, you do not need an ECG if you don't have risk factors for heart disease or symptoms that suggest possible heart disease. You should probably have an ECG if you have risk factors for an enlarged heart such as high blood pressure

or symptoms of heart disease. You may also need the test for screening or occupational requirements, or if you have a personal or family history of heart disease, diabetes or other risks and you want to start exercising.

X-Ray / EKG