Examination techniques

The outpatient center has increasingly established itself as a multi-functional center of innovative medicine and offers a high quality range of services for comprehensive diagnostics, examination programs and outpatient treatment in various disciplines.

Quality awareness and focus on patient services, characterized by short wait times, rapid appointments and individual treatments, live up to the standard set by Döbling Private Hospital.

Ultrasound

During an ultrasound examination (sonography) different body regions can be depicted by means of ultrasonic waves. The ultrasound scan is used as a simple and painless test without radiation exposure, especially for the initial diagnosis of a disease. In addition to the abdominal organs, also thyroid, breast, joints, muscles and blood vessels can be studied effectively.

Digital X-ray

The term digital x-ray refers to an imaging process using X-rays to display digital images of different body parts and tissue, yielding very good image quality. The images are stored digitally and thus are always available.

Digital Mammography

Digital mammography refers to an imaging technique for the investigation of the female (and occasionally also the male) breast. During the examination specific filters are applied, keeping radiation exposure to a minimum.
In addition, it achieves extremely high resolution of tissue structures with increased image quality and highest patient comfort. This way even the smallest tissue irregularities and any suspicious calcifications can be detected. The images are stored digitally and can be referred to repeatedly during future follow-ups.

Computed Tomography (CT)

Computed tomography is a computerized X-ray procedure in which – in contrast to the classical X-ray – sectional images of the whole body or specific body parts are produced. These tomograms (CT scans) enable three-dimensional imaging of body structures. This allows not only to recognize a variety of diseases, but also to determine the location and extent of these pathological changes. Thus cancer diagnosis has become a domain of CT.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

In magnetic resonance tomography very detailed cross-sectional images of the body are made with the use of electromagnetic waves. In contrast to computed tomography (CT), no X-rays are used. Especially diseases of the brain and spine, joints and muscles, but also the abdominal cavity and the blood vessels, can be made clearly visible with the help of an MRI scan, because of its outstanding ability to show the demarcation of various soft tissue structures. Whole-body MRIs, the latest development, are offered for specific problems.

Bone Density Measurement

In bone density measurement, also called bone densitometry, the mineral salt content of the bone is determined by means of X-rays. The lower the level, the more likely the fragility of the bone. With severe loss of bone mass and density, the stability of the bone is no longer guaranteed. This condition is called osteoporosis, which in severe cases can be very painful. The DEXA method (dual-energy X-ray-absorptiometry) allows for a relatively low radiation measurement of bone mineral content.

Laboratory

Blood, urine and stool samples
Laboratory tests help interpret disorders, diagnose and also rule out diseases in advance. Above all other tests blood, urine and feces samples provide reliable data to the physician.

Neurophysiological studies

EEG, EMG and NCV

The neurophysiological tests include electroencephalography (EEG), electromyography (EMG) and electroneurography (ENG) or nerve conduction velocity measurement (NCV). They all provide insight into the function of the brain, nerves and muscles.

Electroencephalography (EEG)
An electroencephalogram (EEG) illuminates the electrical brain activity. In the course of this investigation several electrodes are attached to the scalp which register voltage variations in brain waves. Nowadays the EEG's main priority is the diagnosis of epilepsy and sleep disorders.

Electromyography (EMG)
Electromyography (EMG) is a technical procedure which measures muscle activity. Thus, diseases of the muscle and / or nerve damage can be detected.

Electroneurography (ENG) or Nerve Conduction Velocity measurement (NCV)
ENG is an important diagnostic tool to measure the motor and sensory conduction velocities of peripheral nerves.

Scintigraphy

Scintigraphy is a diagnostic technique in which a two-dimensional picture of internal body tissue is produced through the use of radioisotopes. For this purpose a  radioactive substance is injected into the patient’s vein, and a special camera senses the emitted radioactivity. This method is harmless and painless to the patient.

Scintigraphy is applied in case of:

  • Thyroid disorders
  • Circulatory disturbances of the heart
  • Suspected pulmonary embolism
  • Bone screening in oncological diseases
  • Pain of the muscoskeletal system
  • Kidney dysfunction
Endoscopic Examinations

Colonoscopy and Gastroscopy

Gastrointestinal endoscopic examinations of the colon and stomach (gastroscopy and colonoscopy) represent the most significant studies in diagnosing gastrointestinal diseases. The use of flexible, pinkie-sized endoscopes equipped with a video chip on the tip makes it possible to evaluate the mucosa, take painless tissue samples (biopsies) and if necessary perform therapeutic interventions such as polypectomy, hemostasis.

Gastroscopy
Gastroscopy allows esophagus, stomach and duodenum to be carefully viewed and examined. While the examination is painless, the frequently experienced gag reflex is perceived as uncomfortable. Therefore a local anesthetic or a sedative is typically administered.

Colonoscopy
During colonoscopy the entire colon (large intestine) as well as the mouth of the small intestine can be examined. Colorectal cancer screening is one of the most important tasks of colonoscopy. Thus any discovered polyps are removed immediately. This therapeutic procedure is painless.