Diagnostic Testing

Diagnostic testing support physicians/specialists with test results to assist with diagnosis and treatment plans. All diagnostic testing requires a physician order/referral and a pre-booked/scheduled appointment. All results are sent to the physician for review and follow up.

Diagnostic testing available at the health centre includes:

• laboratory testing;
• ECGs;
• 24 Hour Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring;
• Holter Monitors for the Stroke Prevention Clinic; and
• Ankle Brachial Index (ABI’s) monitoring.

For information or to make and appointment call Lower Level Reception at 306-953-6277.

Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) – The ankle-brachial index (ABI) is the ratio of the blood pressure at the ankle to the blood pressure in the upper arm (brachium). Compared to the arm, lower blood pressure in the leg which could suggest blocked arteries due to peripheral artery disease (PAD).

Testing is performed by the nursing staff and is located in the nursing and minor surgery department.

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ECG – Electro Cardiograms is to test heart rhythms. ECGs are performed by nursing staff and is located in the lower level Nursing and Minor Surgery department.

An ECG doctor’s order is required and must be provided at the time of the appointment and presented to lower level reception on arrival.

During the testing electrodes are placed on the body which conduct the electro-cardiogram, record the results and then results are printed and sent to the patient’s physician for follow up.

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24 Hour Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (APBM) – is when your blood pressure is being measured as you move around, living your normal daily life. It is normally carried over 24 hours.

A physician’s referral/order is required.  Your doctor can send the orders ahead of time or you can bring them with you.   To ensure availability of equipment a pre-booked appointment is required. At the time of the physician’s referral it is recommended that the physician’s office call to schedule the appointment.

What to expect.

A blood pressure cuff is placed on the arm by staff and it is connected to a small device that you carry with you in a pouch for 24 hours as it monitors your blood pressure about every ½ hour.  During the monitoring period, you will be given a small chart diary to write down what activities you are doing when the unit cuff is blowing up and taking a measurement.  After 24 hours, return to the lab to bring back the equipment for data to be collected and forwarded to your physician for interpretation and follow-up

To book appointments call 306-953-6244.

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Holter Monitors:

Holter monitor is a battery-operated portable device that measures and records your heart’s activity (ECG) continuously for 24 to 48 hours or longer depending on the type of monitor used. The device is the size of a small camera. It has wires with silver dollar-sized electrodes that attach to your skin.   At the Co-operative Health Centre these devices are used specifically for diagnostic services with the Stroke Prevention Clinic and results are sent directly to the Neurologist in Saskatoon for stroke and neurological diagnosis.