Diagnostic Testing and Screenings Offer Important Benefits

Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist, Hand Center - Baltimore

Mercy Personal Physicians at Overlea offers patients convenient, on-site, service-oriented diagnostic tests, lab services and preventive screenings. Scheduling may be coordinated through your Primary Care Doctor or associate staff member. For the important medical tests you need, turn to Mercy Personal Physicians at Overlea.

Diagnostic Testing

Bone Density (DEXA scan) – Endocrinologists use the DEXA scan, which measures the amount of energy that passes through a specific bone, to evaluate bone strength and risk of osteoporosis.

CT scan – Computed tomography (CT scan or CAT scan) uses X-ray to make cross-sectional pictures of the body to look for abnormal signs of health, such as orthopedic injuries, heart disease or cancers.

Echocardiogram - An echocardiogram (ECHO), which uses sound waves to create detailed images of the heart, is used by cardiologists to diagnose cardiovascular conditions, such as arrhythmias or valvular heart disease.

Electrocardiogram - An electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG), which measures the electrical activity of the heart muscles, is used by cardiologists to diagnose cardiovascular conditions, such as heart attack and coronary heart disease.

Electromyogram – An electromyogram (EMG), which measures electrical activity of the body’s muscles and nerves, is used to diagnose neurological disorders, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and myasthenia gravis.

Lung Cancer Screening – Radiologists utilize low-dose CT (computed tomography) to make cross-sectional pictures of the body to detect lung nodules and early-stage lung cancer in patients determined to be high-risk.

Stress Testing – Cardiologists use stress testing, which measures blood flow to the heart, to diagnose and examine conditions including heart attack, arrhythmias and coronary artery disease.

Ultrasound – Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to make computer images of internal body organs, such as the heart, lungs, kidneys and liver. It may also be used during pregnancy to view the fetus.

X-ray – During an X-ray, different types of body tissue absorb varying amounts of radiation, creating black and white images doctors use to examine conditions such as cancer, bone fractures, osteoporosis and heart disease.

Lab Services

Blood Draw – Doctors examine blood samples collected during a blood draw to diagnose conditions, plan treatments and monitor health. Similar tests include the collection of urine or body tissue.

Pulmonary Function Laboratory – The lung specialists at Mercy Personal Physicians at Overlea utilize a number of tests within the Pulmonary Function Laboratory to diagnose and manage a variety of lung disorders, such as asthma and chronic bronchitis.

Vascular Laboratory - Mercy Personal Physicians at Overlea is home to a nationally accredited Vascular Laboratory, where vascular surgeons provide diagnostic and specialty services for disorders including stroke, varicose veins and blood clots.

Additional Services

Infusion Therapy (Chemotherapy) – Chemotherapy, which works to stop or slow down the growth of cancerous cells, is used by medical oncologists at Mercy Personal Physicians at Overlea in creating individualized treatment plans for patients with a variety of cancers.

Counseling – Our licensed certified social worker meets with patients to negate the affects of stress, anxiety and life transitions. 

Diabetes Education – A certified diabetes educator leads free monthly classes to help patients learn about food choices and ways to control their diabetes.