For Your Convenience, On-site Services Include:
- Diabetic Education
- Diabetic Retinal Eye Exams
- EKG Services
- Joint Injections
- Lab Services
- Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment
- Medication-Assisted Therapy for Opioid Dependency
- Minor Emergencies
- Pre-Surgical Evaluations
- Pulmonary Evaluations
- Sleep Studies
- Smoking Cessation
- Weight Management
- Well Visits
- Ultrasound and Doppler
It is recommended by the American Cancer Society that beginning at the age of 50, men and women should follow one of the following testing schedules to screen for polyps and cancer:
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years, or
- Colonoscopy every 10 years, or
- Double-contrast barium enema every 5 years, or
- CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy) every 5 years
We are happy to work with you to schedule these procedures.
An echocardiogram (ECHO) is a sonogram of your heart that evaluates its architecture and function. For your convenience, we perform this test in our office.
In addition to creating two-dimensional pictures of the cardiovascular system, an echocardiogram can also produce accurate assessment of the velocity of blood and cardiac tissue. This is done by using pulses, which allow assessment of cardiac valve areas as well as heart function.
The biggest advantage of an ECHO is that it is noninvasive and has no know risks or side effects. Echocardiograms assists in the diagnostic findings of:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Determining the heart’s pumping capacity and location and extent of damage to its tissues
- Assessing diseases of the heart valves
- Allowing doctors to evaluate the heart valves and detect abnormalities in the pattern of blood flow
- Diagnosing cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease)
Electrocardiography (ECG) is a noninvasive procedure that records the electrical activity of your heart over a period of time, typically 24 hours. For your convenience, we perform this test in our office.
Electrodes are attached across your chest to the outer surface of your skin, in order to record the electrical activity of the heart through a small, external device that you hold on to during the course of the test.
With each heartbeat, an electrical signal spreads from the top to the bottom of the heart. As the signal travels, it causes the heart to contract and pump blood, a process that repeats with each new heartbeat. These electrical signals set the rhythm of your heartbeat. Recording the heart’s electrical activity is what gives us an electrocardiogram. An ECG shows:
- How fast your heart is beating
- Whether the rhythm of your heartbeat is steady or irregular
- The strength and timing of electrical signals as they pass through each section of your heart
- Test results can also suggest other disorders that affect heart function
Our on-site laboratory makes it convenient for you to have lab work done while ensuring our staff quick access to the results. We can provide a number of tests, including:
- Blood work
- COVID-19 testing (when available)
- Flu Cultures
- Pregnancy testing
- Rapid strep testing
- Throat cultures
Joint injections may help to decrease the accumulation of fluid and cells in a joint, temporarily decreasing pain and stiffness. Injections may be given to treat inflammatory joint conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, tendonitis, bursitis and, occasionally, osteoarthritis.
For your convenience, we perform this service in our office.
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatments
As a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (or D.O.), Dr. Lovy can provide Osteopathic Manipulation and Treatment or OMT to his patients. OMT involves the movement of muscles and/or joints to help diagnose, treat, or prevent injury or illness, as well as ease pain and promote healing.
Physicals: Adult Annual, Employment, School Sports
Physicals include medical testing and health criteria typically requested by your employer or school. When you provide us with a form from that employer or institution, we will perform all of the necessary services to complete that form.
General physicals may include:
- Chest X-Ray
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)
- Blood Work
- Hearing and Vision Testing
Additional exams can include:
- Cardiac Stress Test
- Ultrasound Echocardiography
- Colonoscopy (scheduled outside our office)
- Gastric Endoscopy (scheduled outside our office)
- And more
Most tests are available onsite, some with immediate results.
We are here to evaluate your health prior to surgery. South Valley Internal Medicine provides evaluations based on the specific requirements of your surgeon. A standard evaluation typically includes EKG, blood work and urinalysis.
If additional testing is required, we will do all we can to accommodate your needs or make a referral, if necessary. Your examination and all results will be sent to your surgeon or requesting a physician.
Pulmonary function tests measure how well your lungs take in and release air in addition to how well they move gases such as oxygen into the body’s circulation.
This test is done in the convenience of our office in order to:
- Diagnose certain types of lung disease (such as asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema)
- Find the cause of shortness of breath
- Measure whether exposure to chemicals affects lung function
- Check lung function prior to surgery
Pulmonary Evaluations can also be done to:
- Assess the effect of medication
- Measure progress in the treatment of disease
Ultrasound & Doppler
Carotid ultrasound is a painless test that uses high-frequency sound waves to create pictures of the insides of the two large arteries located on each side of your neck. These arteries, called carotid arteries, supply your brain with oxygen-rich blood.
A standard carotid ultrasound shows the structure of your carotid arteries as well as showing whether a substance called plaque has caused narrowing. Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium and other substances that are found in the blood, causing a condition called carotid artery disease.
Too much plaque in a carotid artery can cause a stroke. It can slow down – or block – the the flow of blood through the artery, allowing a clot to form. A piece of that blood clot can break off and get stuck in the artery, which blocks vital blood flow to the brain, causing a stroke.
Your carotid ultrasound test will include a Doppler ultrasound. A Doppler ultrasound is a special test that shows the movement of blood through your blood vessels.The results from both types of ultrasound allow the full assessment of blood flow through the carotid arteries.
· Lower Arterial Doppler – study of circulation in the legs
· Lower Venous Doppler – checks for blood clots and venous insufficiency
An X-ray is a quick, painless test that produces images of the structures inside your body — particularly your bones. This is a service that we provide at the South Valley Internal Medicine Facility.