Whole Body Scan: Preventative Measures

Whole Body Scanning gives physicians a 3-D "road map" of your body, and helps diagnose medical conditions at an early stage. The Best Medicine is Prevention

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Today, new imaging technologies give doctors greater insight into the human body. They can see more of your anatomy in greater detail than ever before. That means doctors can also see signs of disease earlier than ever before - when the disease is most treatable. In fact, the American Cancer Society estimates that survival rates of certain cancers would increase to 95% if all Americans participated in regular screenings.  

What is a Whole Body CT Scan?
This marvel of modern medicine screens your body's vital organs for disease and abnormalities. It captures your health from the inside out, revealing build up in your coronary arteries, nodules in your lungs and potential tumors in your abdomen and pelvis. In addition, this can detect conditions in your spine such as disc degeneration and osteoporosis.  

What to Expect During Your Examination
As part of the Vital Images full body-screening exam, a patient lies fully clothed on a table. Then, a special high-speed beam captures crystal clear 3-D images of the heart and lungs that can be viewed by a specially trained radiologist from any angle. The test is immediately followed by a consultation with a medical professional to discuss results.  

Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring
Over half the people who have died suddenly of a heart attack had no prior symptoms. To combat a statistic like this, you can undergo a coronary artery calcium-scoring (CACS) exam. This exam uses computed tomography (CT) to scan the heart and detect calcium deposits along the wall of the artery, which can be one of the earliest signs of coronary artery disease. The test then produces a calcium score that identifies your level of deposits. Your doctor then takes your score and other factors, such as age, family history and cholesterol level into account to measure your potential for heart disease.  

Lung Screening
More people die of lung cancer each year than any other type of cancer. But if this cancer is caught during its earliest stages, the five-year survival rate doubles. This exam gives people who were smokers or have a family history of lung cancer the chance to reveal lung carcinoma.  

Virtual Colonoscopy
The American Cancer Society recommends that people over 50 undergo colon cancer examination every five to ten years. This new, non-invasive method of examining the colon, screens for pre-cancerous polyps and early cancer without the discomfort of a scope. It's quick, pain-free alternative to the traditional colonoscopy. Those with a family history of colon cancer are advised to begin screenings as early as age 35.
   
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