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Conventional medical diagnostics

A to Z of diagnostics at the Medi Spa

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Bioimpedance measurement

Bioimpedance measurement allows us to determine the proportion of water, fat and muscle mass in the body. A harmless, electric current is passed through the body and the opposition to the flow in different tissue types is measured. The results can then be used to calculate the body fat to weight ratio.

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Cardiac investigations

Our standard heart diagnostic procedures include ECGs, exercise ECGs and echocardiography (cardiac ultrasound test). ECGs represent the heart’s activity as curves. Changes in these curves can provide evidence of problems such as heart attacks, myocardial inflammation, atrial fibrillation, and diseases of the coronary vessels. During exercise ECG tests, these values are measured while the patient undergoes additional physical exertion on an ergometer bike. Echocardiograms are sonograms of the heart, and also show the thickness of ventricle and atrium walls, heart valve structure and the heart’s pumping capacity.

Colonoscopy

CT scans

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Dermatological testing

A dermoscopy is a thorough visual examination to check for moles, birthmarks and other skin lesions, and is helpful in distinguishing between benign and malign lesions.

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ENT examination

Key ENT diagnostic methods include nasal and laryngeal function tests, allergy tests, hearing and balance tests, and imaging investigations such as ultrasound tests and X-rays.

Examination by respiratory consultant

Eye examination by ophthalmologist

Ocular tonometry is a procedure performed to measure intraocular pressure and is chiefly used in evaluating patients who are at risk of developing glaucoma. This is when the balance between the production and drainage of aqueous humour is disturbed. The aqueous humour builds up, which causes an increase in intraocular pressure and thus can lead to optic nerve damage and even blindness.

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Food allergy blood testing for type III hypersensitivity

Type III sensitivity refers to delayed allergic reactions (usually six to twelve hours after contact with an allergen) that often express themselves in inflammations that are atypical for allergies. Our test is particularly effective in detecting these.

Fungal infection testing

Excessive exposure of the intestinal flora to a particular type of fungus (candida) can lead to extremely unpleasant symptoms such as gas, bloating, irregular stool (irritable bowel), and tiredness. A urine sample is tested for a metabolite of these intestinal fungi. High levels of this waste product indicate the presence of candida. Appropriate treatment and dietary measures can significantly reduce candida overgrowth.

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Gastroscopy

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Hydrogen breath test

This test allows us to diagnose lactose, fructose and sorbitol malabsorption. The test is entirely painless but does take time – around two hours on average.

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Laboratory blood testing

A tiny jab that gives us a great deal of valuable information: a single 4ml syringe of blood is sufficient for up to 40 different clinical tests. The lab will test either the blood serum, the blood plasma or the whole blood, depending on requirements.

Live blood analysis

Live blood analysis is the use of dark field microscopy to observe live blood cells, and requires a drop of blood for immediate analysis. The aim of this investigation is to detect and treat degenerative tendencies in the blood that may be early warning signs that all is not well. This technique is particularly effective for revealing overacidification, excessive amounts of protein, dehydration and variations in blood flow.

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Medical history

Establishing a patient’s medical history is vital before any treatment, so during your consultation we find out about current complaints and risk factors. Your lifestyle and personal circumstances are important components in this process.

Mobility & strength check

An assessment of your musculoskeletal system is important to correct errors in learned movement patterns and to avoid one-sided overloading. We strongly recommend that active sportspersons as well as anyone starting out or returning to sport and exercise undergoes the mobility & strength check.

MRI scans

Muscle function test

The muscle function test forms part of our physiotherapeutic diagnostic procedures, and aims to identify muscle imbalances at an early stage.

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Oral glucose tolerance test

This test determines how well the body processes glucose. A baseline blood sample is drawn, and the patient is given a dextrose solution to drink. Further blood is then drawn for measurement at intervals to screen for diabetes and diabetes precursors.

Oxidative stress measurement

The tiny particles in blood that are responsible for the ageing process by attacking and damaging the body’s cells are known as free radicals. The formation of free radicals is encouraged by UV radiation and ozone, but also by poor nutrition as well as alcohol and nicotine consumption. We offer oxidative stress measurement to determine the level of free radicals in a patient’s blood and, where appropriate, reduce it with the help of vitamins, minerals and other antioxidants.

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Plastic/cosmetic surgery consultation

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Sleep diagnostics

Spirometry

The aim of spirometry is to detect lung and respiratory diseases as early as possible and to check the effectiveness of therapies already being applied. The patient breathes in and out of the spirometer’s mouthpiece and follows a set of instructions.

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Ultrasonography

Of all diagnostic imaging procedures, ultrasound testing is by far the gentlest as it involves no X-rays. Furthermore, recent developments in 3-D tissue imaging and the excellent image resolution that is now possible enable us to detect even the slightest suspect tissue change in areas such as the prostate, bladder or breast. We also use ultrasound examinations on other abdominal organ areas, on joints and on blood vessels supplying the brain.

Urea breath test

To test for Helicobacter pylori, patients are given a test solution mixed with a small quantity of urea to drink. If there is an infection, the urease enzyme splits the urea and easily detectable, non-radioactive carbon isotope 13C, which is also contained in the test solution, is exhaled.

Urinalysis

A urinalysis can provide indication of possible urinary tract infections, chronic kidney inflammations, tumour diseases, and diabetes.

Urological examination and andrology consultation

Because men’s health is a major priority at Park Igls we have developed a special diagnostic module, which includes male hormone screening and an andrology consultation, as well as a muscle function test, ultrasound test, ECG and cardiogram.

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Vascular investigations

In addition to checking the pulse manually and listening to the blood vessels with a stethoscope, blood vessels can also be tested with injected contrast agents, peripheral venous pressure measurements, Doppler sonography, duplex ultrasound and a treadmill ergometer test. Your doctor will advise you which is the most sensible diagnostic tool for you.

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X-rays