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Labratory Services | Radiology Services | CGMS

Labratory Services

We provide on-site laboratory services for the convenience of our patients. Our laboratory provides rapid, accurate and relevant results for our providers. The laboratory is accredited by CLIA and inspected routinely by COLA .We follow all OSHA safety guidelines and abide by HIPPA regulations. We are committed to providing quality results and participate in proficiency testing to maintain that quality.

Labratory Director: Jose M. Ortiz M.D., F.A.C.E.

Labratory Hours

The laboratory operates at different hours from the office for the convenience of our patients who are fasting.

Our hours are:
Monday - Thursday: 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday: 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Reminders

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. How can I treat a low blood sugar if I am fasting?
    Treat with 3 teaspoons of sugar and a few sips of water. Wait 15 minutes, then recheck blood sugar. Repeat as needed.
  2. What can I have when I am fasting? How long should I fast?
    When fasting you may drink water and black coffee only. You may take any medication in a pill form unless otherwise instructed by your provider. Always take your blood pressure and heart medication. When fasting you should refrain rrom eating or drinking anything 8 - 12 hours before your blood test. Always follow the directions given to you by your provider.
  3. Another doctor has also ordered laboratory test to be done. May I have those labs performed at this laboratory?
    Our laboratory is exclusively for our practitioners in this office. Regulations do not allow us to do laboratory work for other providers. However, we will be glad to provide copies of all the laboratory tests we do to another provider at your request.
  4. There are tests we desire that have not been ordered. May these be added?
    Our providers at their discretion can add tests. Patients will need to request these tests at their appointment with their provider.
  5. How long does it take to receive lab results?
    Most testing performed in our laboratory is available in 5 working days. However, some tests are sent to a reference laboratory and those results may take 7 - 14 days to be completed.
  6. Who should I speak with when calling for lab results?
    Laboratory results are reported to the ordering physician or nurse practitioner. The provider compares the results with the patient's history. After the provider releases the results, a nurse may discuss the results with the patient. The laboratory personnel do not discuss patient results because they are not familiar with all the patient's medical history.
  7. If your office takes my insurance when I see the doctor, will the lab also accept my insurance?
    Insurance companies contract separately with doctors for office visits and for ancillary testing including laboratory and radiology. Some insurance companies prefer to contract with a single provider for laboratory testing for their own convenience. If you have one of those insurance policies, we cannot perform your laboratory testing. The office will provide you with a laboratory requisition to bring with you to the appropriate laboratory.

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Radiology Services

Our department is responsible for performing thyroid ultrasounds, bone density tests, and fine needle aspirations of the thyroid.

Our hours are:
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

If you have any questions relating to these procedures, you can call Stefanie at (409) 895-3530.

Thyroid Ultrasound

The procedure consists of a technologist applying a gel-like substance to the patient's neck. The thyroid is imaged to visualize the size and texture ofthe gland, and thyroid nodules are measured if they are evident. This test requires no preparatory measures for the patient, and the procedure takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes.

Bone Density Testing (DXA scan)

Bone density testing is performed to check for osteoporosis/thinning of the bones. Our primary goal is to detect abnormalities at the earliest stage so that treatment can be rendered before you suffer any consequences of bone loss.

Bone density testing is painless and requires minimal preparatory effort. You must remember to discontinue any calcium supplements 24 hours prior to the test. You also must not have had any nuclear medicine testing or studies with x-ray dye or barium in the past month. The dyes and radioisotopes used for these tests may be apparent on a DXA scan or may adversely affect your results.

Bone density testing consists of one image of your lower back and an image of each hip. In some instances, a forearm image can be obtained. It is important to inform the technologist if you have had a previous fracture of these areas. If there is any chance that you might be pregnant, please inform the scheduler so that a pregnancy test may be obtained prior to scheduling your exam.

Results of this test will be given to you either at your follow-up appointment or via phone. Please contact our radiology department if you have questions regarding this procedure.

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CGMS (Continuous Glucose Monitoring System)

CGMS (Continuous Glucose Monitoring System) measures your sugar levels continuously for 24-hours. The information from this procedure will help you and your doctor fine-tune your diabetes care.

At your first CGMS appointment, a tiny sensor will be placed under the skin in the fatty tissue (such as where insulin injections are given). The sensor will automatically monitor sugar levels every 5 minutes and stores up to 288 readings each day. You will receive complete instructions at your first visit. You will wear this sensor for 3-5 days.

At your second CGMS appointment, 3-5 days later, the sensor will be removed and the information will be downloaded to provide valuable information your doctor will use to adjust you treatment.

You will be scheduled for a follow-up appointment to review the CGMS results within 1-2 weeks after wearing the sensor.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I shower and bathe while I am doing the CGMS?
    The sensor and transmitter are completely waterproof. Patients can swim, bathe, shower, etc, and not worry.
  2. Does my insurance cover this procedure?
    Most insurance do cover this procedure. When the procedure is ordered by your doctor, your insurance will be called to verify that information.
  3. Why do I need this test?
    The information received from this device is used to evaluate your blood sugars. It takes your blood sugar every 5 minutes and this information is more than finger stick blood sugars and your hemoglobin A1C gives us.
  4. How can I have this test done?
    Ask your provider if this test would benefit you at your next visit.
  5. What if I am pregnant? Can I still have this done without harming my baby?
    Yes. This study is completely safe for you and your baby.
  6. Do I still have to check my Blood sugar when wearing this?
    When using this device you should continue to do things the way you normally would. Testing your Blood sugar at least 3 times a day is recommended.
  7. Where will the nurse put the sensor on my body?
    The sensor will be inserted in the abdomen or the upper hip.

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