Preventive imaging allows for the early detection of disease. Physicians and patients are able to discover early on if a patient has a disease that is developing within their body. As diseases grow, they can become increasingly deadly. Problems can be potentially avoided with early detection of disease through preventive imaging. Almost all diseases are easier to treat and cure when they are detected in the early stages. Preventive imaging is also important for other reasons. The treatment of diseases, and sometimes their cure, depends heavily on the information that is provided to doctors through medical imaging. This is not only useful to the individual patient but can also be used in research and in the development of better medical treatments and tools.
Screening Scans Available
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening: This scan is an ultrasound scan of the abdomen concentrating on any abnormalities of the abdominal aorta. This scan is recommended for individuals 65 years or older with either a history of smoking or a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm. The prep for this exam is nothing to eat or drink for 6 hours before the scan. Scan takes approximately 15 minutes.
Ovarian Cancer Screening: This exam is an ultrasound scan of the ovaries which is a focused pelvic examination. It looks for any changes or lesions on or around each ovary. Qualifying patients will be post-menopausal women with a family history of ovarian cancer. Prep for this exam is a full bladder and will take approximately 15 minutes.
Heart Scan/ Calcium Scoring: Coronary artery scanning captures cross-sectional images of the heart in approximately 300 milliseconds. This allows for detection of very small amounts of calcium in the coronary arteries. We measure the build-up of calcified plaque which produces an overall indication of your heartís health status. A heart CT profile is most appropriate for men, aged 35-70 and women 40-70 who have had any of the following risk factors: Family history of heart disease, smoking or exposure to second hand smoke, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, overweight. It will take approximately 30 minutes for the exam.
Body Scan: The body scan includes the chest, abdomen and pelvis. This scan detects certain types of cancers and may find kidney stones or gallstones as well as other miscellaneous abnormalities before symptoms occur. There is no prep needed other than a Barium Contrast drink the night before the exam. It is okay to eat prior to the exam. Colon cancer screening is not part of the exam. Scan time is approximately 20 minutes.
CT Lung Cancer Screening: This low-dose CT screening is painless and fast. This scan is recommended for individuals who are current or former smokers ages 50 years or older or been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Lung cancer remains the most common cause of cancer death in the United States. A recent study reveled that screening for lung cancer can decrease the risk of dying from lung cancer by 20%.
Virtual Colonoscopy: The virtual colonoscopy is a technique that uses a CT Scanner and computer software to look inside the body. A small soft rubber tube is inserted into the rectum instead of a colonoscope (long flexible tube) used in a conventional colonoscopy exam. Bowel cleansing preparation is required. Scan time is approximately 20 minutes and does not require sedatives.
Scheduling and Payment Information
Inquire at our front desk for any additional information that you may need regarding any of the listed screening scans. Payment will be collected in full on the day of services. These are screening exams and are not covered by medical insurance. Discount prices are offered for multiple scans completed in combination on the same day of
service. Gift Certificates are available for purchase.
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