Full Body CT Scans

Body Scans

 Body Scans Increases Your Awareness

There are over 100 different types of cancer that can occur throughout your body. Taking a proactive approach is your best defense against this deadly disease as many are preventable, treatable, and even curable when detected early.

Computed Tomography (CT) of the body uses sophisticated x-ray technology to help detect a variety of diseases and conditions.  CT scanning is fast, painless, non-invasive, and accurate.  CT imaging is one of the fastest and most accurate tools for examining the chest, abdomen, and pelvis because it provides detailed, cross-sectional views of all types of tissue.

Using a technology that “takes a look” at people’s insides which can detect early warnings of cancer, cardiac disease, and other abnormalities, a CT scan uses X-rays to produce images representing “slices” of the body – like the slices of a loaf of bread.  Each image slice corresponds to a wafer-thin section which can be viewed to reveal body structures in great detail.  Using a CT scanner and expertise to create and interpret CT scans of the body, radiologists can more easily diagnose problems such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and musculoskeletal disorders.

What We Will Cover

In addition to heart and lung screenings, Preventative Diagnostic Center offers a full body scan.

We will scan from the thyroid to the abdomen/pelvis which can uncover kidney stones, gallstones, aneurysms, osteoporosis, hernias, prostate or ovarian enlargement, arthritis and degenerative changes of the spine and hips long before symptoms occur. It enables you to find and track very small abnormalities throughout the majority of your body including cardiovascular disease, stroke, and cancer.

Frequently Asked Questions

The radiation exposure of a Low Dose CT Scan with the SOMATOM go.All is extremely low. Typical, less accurate CT or CAT scans, will expose you to up to 20 times more radiation. With our Low Dose SOMATOM go.All CT Scanner, there are no shots, no dyes to drink, no fasting, and no medication to take. The SOMATOM go.All in is an open structure greatly reducing or removing the claustrophobic fears all together.

Our scans are comfortable, noninvasive and fast. The total exam takes only 10 to 15 minutes to perform with approximately 10 seconds of actual scan time. After your scan is complete, you will receive a comprehensive radiology report. This report is prepared by a Board-certified Radiologist.

No, it is not painful. It takes less than a breath hold to complete the scan. It takes you longer to get on and off the table, and you simply hold your breath while the machine scans you. So there’s no pain and no injection that’s involved in the procedure.

You should wear loose fitting clothes and women are encouraged to wear a sports bra or a bra with no underwire.  For better imaging, it is recommended that you refrain from caffeine for 4 hours prior to your scan.  We will have you remove all contents of your pockets and your belt.  You will lie down on a patient table in your street clothes.  Our CT Technician will place 4 EKG electrodes on your chest.  The scan will be programmed based on your specific body characteristics.  The CT system is shaped like a large doughnut and the center of it is called the gantry. The patient table will move slowly through the gantry. Once the table and you are in the correct position, your CT Technician may ask you to hold your breath or not to move. You’ll hear the CT system, which makes a low whirring sound.  The entire scan takes approximately 10 seconds.

Each state has different laws regarding CT scans. In some states it is mandatory for a doctor to issue a prescription. However, in Nevada, no prescription is required to get a CT scan. Preventative Diagnostic Center provides the accessibility and access you deserve. People are ready to take control of their health care and are done with the days of waiting for symptoms.

What factors put someone at risk for heart or lung disease? Just as everyone in their 40’s and 50’s should begin undergoing regular colon exams and mammograms, people over the age of 40 with specific cardiac risk factors should consider having a Low Dose CT Heart and Lung Scan performed on a regular schedule. If you are between the ages of 40 and 72, with any of the following, you are considered an optimal candidate for the Low Dose Heart and Lung Scan.

  • Age
  • Tobacco Usage
  • High Blood pressure
  • High Cholesterol or Tryglyceride Levels
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Family History of Heart Attack
  • Lack of Physical Activity
  • High Stress

With every scan Preventative Diagnostic Center offers, you will receive a comprehensive radiology report.  This report is prepared by a Board-certified Radiologist and will take up to 7-10 business days that will be mailed to your home. Should you require further information about your results, Preventative Diagnostic’s  Medical Director will be available for consultation.

A full-body CT scan is a painless, non-invasive diagnostic procedure used to detect abnormalities in the vital organs, bones, tissue, and blood vessels in the body using sophisticated x-ray technology. Abnormalities show up as growths in the chest, abdomen, pelvis, or other areas of the body that may be cancerous or a sign of a harmful disease. Doctors use high-quality CT scan images to diagnose cancer and other disorders as early as possible, giving patients a better chance of recovery.

Yes, a CT scan and a CAT scan are two terms for the same diagnostic imaging procedure using computed tomography (CT). This process captures multiple x-ray images of the body and combines them to create high-quality 3D images that doctors use to diagnose patients. Most medical professionals today refer to this as a CT scan, but it was also called a CAT (computed axial tomography) scan in the earlier years of this technology.

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