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  • Full Body Scan

    Early detection is the key to good health!

    Who is at risk?

    The Full-Body Screen is a CT exam of the Abdomen and Pelvis. This comprehensive exam provides information about the status of the primary organs throughout the body. The test does not evaluate how the organs function, but it does assess for signs of disease or cancer. Identification of potential problems allows for intervention of the disease process at an early stage. It is well known that prevention and early detection are essential to maintain good health. Primary risk factors include: family history, cigarette smoking and diabetes. Other factors are: high blood pressure, vascular disease, high cholesterol, poor diet, obesity and physical inactivity. If you have personal or family history of one or more of the risk factors, consider the Full Body screening exam.

    The Full Body Exam

    The Full Body screening excludes evaluation of the heart and lungs. If you would like to know if you are at risk for heart disease consider undergoing a CT Cardiac Scoring. Such an examination will tell you about the calcium load in your coronary arteries, a known predictor of the risk for a heart attack, and can indicate the presence or absence of lesions called “plaques” which may cause narrowing of these arteries, reducing blood supply to the heart muscle which may lead to a heart attack. Only early diagnosis can ensure timely measures to reduce the risk factors and follow-up treatment if necessary to help prevent the onset of heart disease. Throughout the world, lung cancer is the most commonly occurring form of cancer. Since the symptoms of this disease usually first appear in its advanced stages, the chances of recovery in such cases are often quite poor. However, if lung nodules can be diagnosed early enough before they have a chance to spread; it may be possible to treat this disease at an early stage when it is the least resistant to treatment which may increase the chances of a successful recovery. CT Medical Examination for Early Visualization of Lung Nodules is the key to discovering these tiny nodules.

    The abdomen and pelvis portions of the exam assess the primary organs for tumors/masses and other signs of cancer or disease. The liver is the body’s largest vital organ. Its job is to detoxify the body from harmful substances and collect nutrients. Liver disease results in failure to filter and remove the harmful substances and the body becomes toxic. Some diseases are inherited; others are the consequence of frequent ingestion of toxic substances, such as alcohol or corticosteroids. Other risk factors include obesity and diabetes. The major function of the spleen is to remove abnormal blood cells and create components of the immune system. The spleen is evaluated for signs of enlargement. Liver disease, glandular fever and some cancers can cause the spleen to enlarge which causes it to become overactive and destroy too many blood cells. This enlargement and excessive destruction of blood cells results in anemia and puts the spleen at risk for rupture. The abdominal aorta is assessed for aneurysm. An aneurysm occurs when a blood vessel becomes weak and enlarges, putting it at risk for rupture. High blood pressure, smoking, family history and atherosclerosis are the primary risk factors for abdominal aortic disease. The kidney, bladder, pancreas and gall bladder are also evaluated with the abdominal screening.

    To prepare for this screening

    In order to better visualize the organs we ask for you to do a minor preparation for this exam. You will need to come to the center at least one day prior to the test to pick up 2 bottles of barium, a liquid contrast material. You will eat dinner and drink one bottle of the contrast. Please do not eat any food for the remainder of the night. We ask that you skip breakfast and drink the second bottle of contrast before you come to the center. Most people prefer to schedule their test in the morning so they can resume eating earlier in the day.