Health screening is important to everyone. It involves the use of tests, physical examinations or other procedures to detect disease early in people who may otherwise look or feel well. This is different from diagnostic tests which are done when someone is already showing signs and/or symptoms of a disease.
In Perak Community Specialist Hospital, our Lithotripsy Centre has been in operation since 1997. All procedures are conducted by our resident Urologist and a team of qualified nurses.
Endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure used to examine your digestive tract. Using an endoscope, a flexible tube with a light and camera attached to it, the doctor can view pictures of your digestive tract on a color TV monitor.
During an upper endoscopy (OGDS), an endoscope is easily passed through the mouth and throat and into the esophagus, allowing the doctor to view the esophagus, stomach, and upper part of the small intestine.
Similarly, endoscopes can be passed into the large intestine (colon) through the rectum to examine this area of the intestine. This procedure is called sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy depending on how far up the colon is examined.Doctors will often recommend endoscopy to evaluate:
In addition, the doctor may use an endoscope to take a biopsy (removal of tissue) to look for the presence of disease. Endoscopy may also be used to treat a digestive tract problem. For example, the endoscope might not only detect active bleeding from an ulcer, but devices can be passed through the endoscope that can stop the bleeding. In the colon, polyps can be removed through the scope to prevent the development of colon cancer.
The Treadmill Stress Test is used to provide information about how the heart responds to exertion. It involves walking on a treadmill at increasing levels of difficulty, while your electrocardiogram, heart rate, and blood pressure are being monitored.The doctor uses the stress test to:
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