Open January 1st

Our Urgent Care Clinic (walk-in)  and our Imaging Department  (x-ray) will be open on January 1st, January 2nd and January 3rd from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm . We wish you a happy and healthy 2016! Most other services are closed. Please contact your health care provider directly if you are uncertain.

 

Update on ultrasound

Ultrasounds are extremely innovative in the field of technology. They have been used to advance many medical fields as well as other forms of technology not even related to the medical field. For example, in the field of airlines, ultrasounds have been used to improve detection technology to help identify required repairs and fatigue cracks underneath doublers. Ultrasound technology is used all over the world to improve health and safety for everyone.

In the human body ultrasounds are designed to detect diseases, damaged tissue, abnormal growths and a large range of other health conditions. An ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves that bounce off of tissues and organs to create a multi-dimensional image.

Most of the types of ultrasounds that we see today are 2D. 2-dimensional ultrasounds are the work horses in the health industry. They allow the health providers to examine the:

  • Heart
  • Thyroid
  • Eyes
  • Blood vessels
  • Spleen
  • Pancreas
  • Kidneys
  • Liver
  • Ovaries
  • Testicles
  • Uterus
  • Gallbladder

As is usually the case with the sciences, the technology continues to develop by leaps and bounds. Lately, we have started to see the introduction of 3-dimensional and even “4-dimensional” ultrasounds that allow for a different perspective.

3-dimensional ultrasounds use a different sound wave process from 2D ultrasounds. These sound waves are sent at various angles and then echo back to an enhanced software that is used to create a very life like image of either a fetus or internal organ. 3D ultrasounds and 4D ultrasounds are usually used in researching fetal development and anomalies. 4D ultrasounds are more focused on the time. In general, there is a delay as the information is sent back to the computer and the image is created during a 3D ultrasound. 4D aims to eliminate that time delay so that the image can be viewed in a real time manner and yet still retain the details of a 3D image.

We at the Queen Elizabeth Health Complex continue to monitor the practical applications of this technology closely. In the interim, we aim to provide quick access to 2-dimensional ultrasounds for the people of Montreal and its surrounding areas. We strive to deliver results quickly and ensure that wait times for an appointment are held to a minimum.

Currently, ultrasounds are not covered by the RAMQ but may be partially covered by private health insurance. For more information please call 514-485-5013, or if your physician has referred you for an ultrasound, you can make an appointment by calling us at 514-485-5115 and we will gladly answer any questions or work with you to find the most convenient time in your day to schedule an appointment. We are open Monday to Friday between 8:30 AM 7:30 PM and Saturday and Sunday and holidays from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

 

Ultrasound in medicine

Ultrasound is sound waves with frequencies too high for humans to hear.  What many of us don’t consider is that there are a host of medical functions that an ultrasound can perform.  Departments throughout the healthcare system find their own uses for the technology: cardiology uses ultrasounds to monitor the flow of blood and movement of the heart, oncology uses the technology to guide biopsy needles and multiple departments use ultrasounds to monitor the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal tissues after injury. Diagnostic imaging departments often use ultrasounds to scan organs of the body to verify their condition. Ultrasounds can provide a view of the:

  • Thyroid
  • Eyes
  • Blood vessels
  • Spleen
  • Pancreas
  • Kidneys
  • Liver
  • Ovaries
  • Testicles
  • Uterus
  • Gallbladder

Here at the Queen Elizabeth Health Complex our team aims to provide results as quickly and accurately as possible. Most ultrasounds usually take anywhere between 10 to 20 minutes. An ultrasound is a painless procedure. A gel like liquid is applied to the area where the ultrasound is to be conducted to facilitate the contact between the skin and the device. It is suggested that one would wear comfortable clothing that can easily be removed depending on the type of ultrasound required.

Currently, ultrasounds are not covered by the RAMQ but may be partially covered by private health insurance. For more information please call 514-485-5013, or if your physician has referred you for an ultrasound, you can make an appointment by calling us at 514-485-5115 and we will gladly answer any questions or work with you to find the most convenient time in your day to schedule an appointment. We are open Monday to Friday between 8:30 AM 7:30 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

Xray!

Many of us associate x-rays with one of three things: broken bones, baggage inspections and visits with the dentist. It’s true that those are common applications for x-rays, but the reality is that there are many other uses. In the health care field alone, there are dozens of applications for an x-ray.

We have patients referred to us for a wide range of conditions including:

  • Arthritis
  • Bone cancer
  • Breast tumors
  • Digestive issues
  • Enlarged hearts
  • Infections
  • Blocked blood vessels
  • Osteoporosis
  • Ingested items
  • Fractures
  • Lung diseases
  • Kidney stones

The vast majority of referrals we receive come from doctors that keep offices outside of the Queen Elizabeth Health Complex. In spite of this, our team is able to provide results back to the referring doctors quickly and seamlessly via email. Our patients appreciate the convenience of having their imaging taken care of outside of a traditional hospital setting and our referring doctors appreciate the quick and accurate reports that our team of leading radiologists and technicians provide.

X-rays are fully covered by the RAMQ and we facilitate all the administration on your behalf. For more information or if your physician has referred you for an x-ray, you can make an appointment by calling us at 514-485-5115 and we will gladly answer any questions or work with you to find the most convenient time in your day to schedule an appointment. We are open Monday to Friday between 8:30 AM 7:30 PM and Saturday, Sunday and statutory holidays from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

Digital mammography

Mammography is a very important procedure for women aged 50 and over in the detection of breast cancer. Although a norm in today’s medical practice, mammography has not been available for too long. Sometime in the 1950s, a man named Robert Egan created mammography screening by combining different techniques that were in use at the time. From there, it has developed into the leading technology for the detection of breast cancer and other breast diseases.

Mammograms require the breast to be compressed and even to avoid any false screenings. To do this the breast is held and compressed with a machine which holds a film plate and a camera unit as well as an x-ray unit. Mammograms use smaller doses of ionizing radiation than most other x-rays. Women over 50 are called for mammograms simply because the tissue in a younger woman is thicker and as a result it is harder to detect any malformations within the breast.

There are three different types of mammograms. Dgital mammography is where the x-ray film is replaced by solid-state detectors which convert the x-rays into electrical signals. These detectors are similar to the detectors found in digital cameras. The next type of mammogram is computer-aided detection in which the computer is used to search for any abnormalities in film developed by either method of mammograms. The last type of mammogram is breast tomosynthesis. This version is similar to 3D imaging in the sense that the x-ray tube moves in an arc over the breast to create a more accurate image.

Generally, mammograms should be performed every two years for the best chances of breast cancer detection. Although most commonly associated with breast cancer detection, mammograms can detect other deformities or problems within the breast. Ultrasounds are used after mammograms to delve further into the findings of the initial examination and to determine the type of procedure required for the abnormality.

At the Queen Elizabeth Health Complex the cost of a mammogram is covered by the RAMQ. For more information please call 514-485-5013, or you can make an appointment by calling us at 514-485-5115 and we will gladly answer any questions or work with you to find the most convenient time in your day to schedule an appointment. We are open Monday to Friday between 8:30 AM 7:30 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.