In-home respite provides caregivers with a planned and temporary break from their care giving responsibilities at home. Respite is provided through our contracted home care agencies. To view the costs/fees for in-home respite, please refer to the home support fees in this chart (PDF)
The bone mineral density test is a computerized x-ray scan of your lower spine and hips. It measures how much calcium and other types of minerals are in an area of your bone. This test can help your health care provider identify osteoporosis, determine your risk of bone fractures and measure your response to treatment.
Interventional radiology (also known as angiography) is a test guided by X-rays to diagnose or treat diseases in your body. These procedures are done using a needle and a narrow tube (catheter). This lowers the need for large incisions (cuts) in the body and is often done under local anesthetic (freezing).
A PET CT (Positron Emission Tomography Computed Tomography) scan is an imaging test showing how an organ or tissue works. MRI and CT scans are different than a PET CT scan because they show the structure (shape or make up) of organs or tissue inside your body.
PET scans can help health care providers diagnose many conditions, find early stages of diseases like cancers, injuries, and infections and see abnormalities even without seeing structural changes.
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a way to take detailed images of organs and tissues (muscles and fat) throughout the body, without the use of X-rays. MRI uses a powerful magnet, radio waves and computers to produce images that will help your doctor determine if you have an injury or disease.
Nuclear medicine tests help diagnose a variety of diseases. A very small, safe amount of a medical isotope (radioactive substance) is injected into a vein, swallowed or breathed in. Specials cameras are usually used to see images of your organs.
Sometimes, Nuclear Medicine is used to treat disease.
The length of the test varies depending on what organ is being viewed. Often, multiple scans will be performed. This may require return visits to complete the exam. Details, including any special preparations, will be provided when your appointment is confirmed.
A mammogram is an x-ray image of the breast. It is used to help detect and diagnose breast diseases. Mammograms are used on women and men who have symptoms of a breast problem, such as a lump. However, a routine screening mammogram is recommended for women beginning at the age of 40 with no symptoms.
CAT scans are a series of images that are made by a highly sophisticated computer and X-ray machine. CAT scans give more detailed pictures of bone and soft tissue organs than ordinary X-rays. For most patients, a contrast agent (dye) will be injected into a vein. It is used to outline blood vessels or fill up organs of the body such as the liver or kidneys so they can be seen more easily.
The results of the test will help your doctor recommend the best treatment for you.
Ultrasounds are used to view and take pictures of the organs inside your body. It uses high-frequency sound waves which cannot be heard. These sound waves bounce off of tissues using special devices and create a picture. Ultrasounds can help your health care provider diagnose and treat your illness or injury.
Ultrasounds can be used to view one or more parts of your body. They are also used on pregnant women to monitor the growth and development of their baby.
An x-ray takes images of internal body structures (bones and soft tissue) to help see an injury or disease. The x-ray using energy sources such as the high frequency electromagnetic radiation.
There are many different types of x-rays. Please read the preparation instructions provided to you.