Medical Equipment

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MRI

MRI uses a strong magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to create detailed images of the inside of the body.  An MRI is very safe as it does not use potentially harmful ionizing radiation.

An MRI scan is a non-invasive and painless procedure to examine your organs, tissues and skeletal system to help diagnose a variety of problems such as, but not limited to:

  • Anomalies of the brain, spinal cord and blood vessels

  • Tumors, cysts, and other anomalies in various parts of the body

  • Injuries or abnormalities of joints and muscles, such as the back and knee

  • Diseases of the liver, kidney and other internal organs

  • Anomalies of the uterus in women and prostate in men

 

MRI is suitable for people with the following concerns:

  • Brain function problems such as memory loss, cognitive decline, abnormal movement, chronic headache

  • Family history of Alzheimer’s disease

  • Stroke risk

  • Cancer risk

  • High risk activities such as smoking or excessive alcohol consumption

 

ADDLIFE’s MRI is the new Signa Explorer from GE, which combines advancements in design, technology and applications, offering exceptional image quality, fast scanning and excellent patient comfort.

 
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CT Scan

A CT scan uses a rotating X-ray machine, a row of detectors and a computer to create cross-sectional images of a “slice” or section of the body. These images provide detailed information of the soft tissues, blood vessels, organs and bones in various parts of the body.

 

CT is often the preferred way of diagnosing many cancers, such as liver, lung, and pancreatic cancers. It can help assess bone diseases, bone density, and the state of the patient’s spine.  We routinely use our CT for scanning:

  • Low-dose CT Lung

  • Coronary Artery Calcium Score (CAC)

  • Intra-abdominal fat

CT Scan is suitable for people with the following concerns:

  • Family history or risk of cancer

  • Family history or risk of heart attack or stroke

  • Risk of cardiovascular disease such as high cholesterol or sedentary lifestyle

  • High risk activities such as smoking or excessive alcohol consumption

  • Trauma

 

ADDLIFE’s CT Scanner is the Revolution EVO from GE.  The Revolution CT  utilizes the next generation of GE iterative reconstruction technique, which allows for a lower dose while preserving or even enhancing image quality and diagnostic value. This 128 slice CT scanner provides rapid scans and is suitable for scanning organs that are constantly in motion such as the heart, lungs and organs in the chest cavity.  

 
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Ultrasounds (Sonogram)

Diagnostic ultrasound or sonography is an imaging procedure that uses sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. These images can help provide valuable information to help diagnose disease conditions and guide treatment.  Ultrasound is safe, noninvasive, and does not use radiation.

Doppler ultrasound may be part of an ultrasound examination.  Doppler is a special ultrasound technique that evaluates movement of materials in the body and is used to visualize and evaluate blood flow through arteries and veins in the body.

Ultrasound is a useful way of examining many of the body's internal organs, including but not limited to the following:

  • Liver

  • Gallbladder

  • Spleen

  • Pancreas

  • Kidneys

  • Bladder

  • Breasts

  • Uterus, ovaries, and unborn child (fetus) in pregnancy

  • Prostate

  • Thyroid

  • Heart and heart valves (Echocardiogram)

  • Blood vessels, blockages to blood flow (such as clots), narrowing of vessels (such as from atherosclerosis)

 

Ultrasound is suitable for people with the following:

  • General health concerns for annual health check-up

  • Family history or risk of cancer, heart attack or stroke

  • High risk activities such as smoking or excessive alcohol consumption

  • Sedentary lifestyle

 

All of ADDLIFE’s ultrasounds are GE LOGIQ, a leader in whole body imaging for three decades.   GE LOGIQ ultrasound system is designed to provide excellent image quality, comprehensive application coverage with advanced features that leverage artificial intelligence (AI)-based tools.

 
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Digital Radiography (X-Ray)

X-rays use invisible electromagnetic energy beams to produce images of bones, internal tissues and organs. X-rays are performed for many reasons, including diagnosing tumors or bone injuries.  And for annual health check-up, a standard Chest X-Ray is frequently used to screen for lung conditions and enlarged heart. X-rays are the oldest form of medical imaging and have been used for decades but is still the gold standard in the diagnosis of bone lesions.

 

Some people worry about the risks of radiation exposure from getting an X-ray.  However, if used appropriately the benefits far outweigh the risks.  Unborn children are more sensitive to radiation and therefore alternative imaging such ultrasound should be used.  If you're pregnant or suspect that you might be pregnant, always inform the doctor.

X-ray is suitable for, but not limited to, the following:

  • Lung conditions

  • Bone injury or disease

  • Arthritis

  • Enlarged heart

 

ADDLIFE uses Radiography Systems by SHIMADZU

 
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Mammogram

A mammogram is an X-ray image of your breasts. It can be used either for breast cancer screening or for investigating suspicious breast changes, such as a breast lump, breast pain or unusual skin appearance.

Mammograms play a key role in breast cancer screening by detecting breast cancer before it causes signs and symptoms. Mammograms have been shown to reduce the risk of dying from breast cancer.

 

Screening mammograms can not detect all cancers and is therefore usually done in combination with a breast ultrasound.  A cancer may be missed if it's too small or is located in an area that is difficult to view, such as your armpit.

Mammograms are done with a specialized machine designed to examine only breast tissue, allowing for lower doses of radiation than standard X-rays. During a mammogram the breast is compressed between 2 plates to flatten the breast tissue.  This gives a better quality picture and allows less radiation to be used.

Mammogram is suitable for people with the following:

  • Woman aged 40 years and above for breast cancer screening

  • History of breast lumps or breast cancer

  • Family history of breast cancer or ovarian cancer

 

ADDLIFE uses Hologic Selenia Dimensions.  Hologic has always been at the forefront of breast cancer screening and the revolutionary Selenia Dimensions system offers highly efficient breast cancer screening, top quality images, and the lowest X-ray dose for the safest patient experience.  And is ergonomically designed for patient comfort.

 
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Bone Densitometry (DEXA) for Bone Loss

Bone densitometry, also called a DEXA Scan (Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry), uses a very small dose of radiation to measure the density of bone and tissues. It is commonly used to diagnose osteoporosis and to assess the risk of developing osteoporotic fractures. This test can also measure your body composition, such as body fat and muscle mass.

DEXA is simple, quick and noninvasive. It is the most commonly used and is considered the gold standard method for diagnosing osteoporosis.  DEXA is also the preferred method of analyzing body composition (muscle mass and body fat) because it is highly accurate and can measure regional fat distribution.

 

          DEXA Bone Density / Body Composition is suitable for people with the following:

  • Aged 50 years or above

  • Menopausal women

  • Family history of osteoporosis

  • Risk of osteoporosis from certain drugs such as steroids, antacids

  • High risk activities such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, sedentary lifestyle

  • Athletes, overweight individuals or anyone who is interested in knowing muscle mass and body fat

 

ADDLIFE uses GE’s Lunar Prodigy, the world’s most trusted DEXA system.  Prodigy delivers with exceptional precision with very low-dose radiation and provides precise data on soft tissue and bone composition, including bone-mineral density (BMD), lean- and fat-tissue mass, and percentage of fat. Prodigy uses narrow-angle fan beam technology, a robust design refined over 30 years and has over 14,500 units installed worldwide.

 
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Electrocardiogram (EKG)

EKG is a recording of the heart’s electrical activity and is used to detect different heart conditions such as an arrhythmia, heart attack or an abnormality in the heart muscles.  EKG is fast and non-invasive and is the most commonly used method to screen for heart conditions.

 

EKG is suitable for people with the following concerns:

  • Family history or risk of heart attack, high cholesterol

  • Risk of cardiovascular disease such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes

  • High risk activities such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption or sedentary lifestyle

  • Irregular heart beat, skipped beats or palpitations

 
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Echocardiography

Echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart.  It allows the doctor to see your heart beating and measure the flow of blood.  An echocardiogram is used to assess the function of your heart muscles, heart valves and how well your heart is pumping blood.

 

Echocardiogram is suitable for people with the following:

  • Over 40 years old

  • Family history or risk of heart attack, high cholesterol

  • Risk of heart disease such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes

  • High risk activities such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, sedentary lifestyle, inadequate sleep

  • Easily fatigued

 

ADDLIFE uses Echocardiogram model LOGIQ form General Electric.

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Exercise Stress Test (EST)

Exercise Stress Test measures your heart’s electrical activity during physical activity.  Because when you exercise, your heart needs to work harder and beat faster, this can reveal if your heart muscles are getting enough blood supply to support physical activity.  Therefore, an EST is used to assess your risk of atherosclerosis and developing a heart attack.

 

Exercise Stress Test is suitable for people with the following:

  • Men over 40 years old

  • Women over 50 years old

  • Family history or risk of heart attack, high cholesterol

  • Risk of heart disease such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes

  • High risk activities such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, sedentary lifestyle, inadequate sleep

 

ADDLIFE uses CASE V 6.7 Performance Stress System form General Electric.

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VO2Max Testing

VO2Max measures how much oxygen you use while exercising and determines the maximal oxygen you can consume during exercise.  VO2Max is a gold-standard measurement of endurance and is used to accurately measure your current state of fitness.  This information can be used to design more effective training programs and to evaluate the effectiveness of training. 

 

VO2Max is suitable for:

  • Athletes or individuals who want to assess their level of fitness

  • Designing appropriate fitness programs

  • Evaluating improvements in fitness and endurance

  • Assessing conditions of the heart and lungs

 

ADDLIFE uses VO2 Max from CardioCoach

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Arterial Stiffness

 

Arterial Stiffness is assessed through two measurements, Pulse Wave Velocity (PWV) and Ankle Brachial Index (ABI). Pule Wave Velocity looks at the rate at which pressure waves move down a vessel.  PWV is a parameter of arterial stiffening and a good independent predictor for the presence of cardiovascular disease. While Ankle Brachial Index looks at the blood pressure difference in the arms and legs.  ABI is a standard index used for detecting PAD (Peripheral Artery Disease) and a predictive marker for cardiovascular disease.

Together, they can provide a better picture of how stiff your arteries are and how well blood is flowing through them showing us the risk of heart disease and stroke.​​

 

Arterial Stiffness Measurement is suitable for people with the following:

  • Over 40 years old

  • Family history or risk of heart attack, high cholesterol

  • Risk of heart disease such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes

  • High risk activities such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, sedentary lifestyle, inadequate sleep

  • Easily fatigued

 

ADDLIFE uses OMRON model HBP-8000. The HBP-8000 (Omron Healthcare, Japan) is a non-invasive device that simultaneously measures the ankle-brachial index (ABI) and pulse wave velocity, and uses waveform analysis and vascular evaluation technology to generate diagnostic information. The device’s capacity to evaluate patients highly correlates with classic Doppler measurement in a short time.  It uses a four cuff system making measurements fast and reliable.

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Fibroscan 

Fibroscan is a non-invasive test used to assess the health of your liver. Specifically, it uses ultrasound technology to determine the degree of fat accumulation and fibrosis or scarring that may be present in your liver.  Fibroscan can be used to diagnose fatty liver and cirrhosis without the need for a liver biopsy.

 

Fibroscan is suitable for people with the following:

  • History of liver infections such as hepatitis

  • Diabetes

  • Obese

  • High cholesterol

  • Alcohol consumption

  • Drugs

 

ADDLIFE uses FibroScan from Echosens model COMPAC 530