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Full-Body HealthScan

What is a Full-body HealthScan?

The latest technique in preventive medicine, the Full-body HealthScan is a comprehensive series of CT scans that can detect certain abnormalities of the heart, lungs and organs of the abdomen and pelvis. The screening is non-confining and pain-free and “represents a remarkable advance in early disease detection and prevention,” according to Radiology Regional Center’s Michael Carron, M.D.

Why should I get a Full-Body HealthScan?

The informed public knows that, in most cases, the sooner an illness or problem is detected, the more likely it can be treated. A comprehensive CT screening utilized by the Full-body HealthScan and offered by Radiology Regional Center, can reveal certain problems while they’re still treatable. This type of preventive medicine can not only save families from financial and emotional devastation, it can save lives.

Is there any preparation for a Full-body HealthScan?

No. There are no dyes, no needles, no fasting and no pain. The only preparation required for the Full-body HealthScan is for the patient to complete a standard medical history questionnaire at the time of his appointment.

How long does the exam take?

Patient registration and a thorough medical history questionnaire take about 20-30 minutes. The CT scan is 15-20 minutes, after which you will have a consultation with the radiologist during which he personally reads your films. The complete appointment time is approximately 1.5 hours.

How long do I have to wait for results?

That’s the beauty of the Full-body HealthScan offered by Radiology Regional Center – no waiting for your results. A board-certified radiologist reviews your CT images with you before you leave the Center. A comprehensive report (including the interpretation of the cardiac scoring and lung and abdomen/pelvis screening) is sent to you via U.S. mail. In the event of a positive test, the report is sent certified U.S. mail.

What does my cardiac score mean?

As part of your Full Body Health Scan you will receive a cardiac scoring. 

  • Score 0 (Zero):  No identifiable atheroscleriotic plaque (a negative examination).  Adherance to general guidelines on diet and exercise are stressed.
  • Score 1 to 10:  Minimal identifiable plaque.  Significant obtrusive coronary disease is unlikely.  Recommendations are to follow general guidelines on cardivascular risk reduction.
  • Score 11 to 100:  Definite but mild plaque.  Risk factor modification is recommended, including daily aspirin prophylaxis and strict adherence to National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) guidelines.  Clinical follow-up is necessary.
  • Score 101 to 400:  Definite, moderate plaque.  Risk factor modification is recommended with non-invasive stress testing preparatory to an exercise program.  Daily aspirin and use of statin medication to reduce LDL cholesterol <100mg/dL is advised in conjunction with other risk factor modification.  Clinical follow-up and further testing such as stress test, nuclear test, cardiac ultrasound or other studies should be considered.
  • Score over 400:  Significant plaque burden indicating a high likelihood of "significant" coronary stenosis.  Agressive risk factor modification is recommended (including aspirin and statin medication) with non-invasive stress testing and possibly angiography.

**Further consultation with a physician is recommended for any total score above 0.

Is it painful or uncomfortable?

No. There are no dyes, no needles, no pain with the Full-body HealthScan offered by Radiology Regional Center. Patients change into a set of scrubs and comfortably lie on a CT table. The CT equipment is non-confining and actually quite relaxing.

Are the results kept confidential?

As with all medical records, results of the Full-body HealthScan are kept confidential. In the event of a positive screening (an abnormality), the results are forwarded to your physician at your request.

Why should I go to Radiology Regional Center for this?

Radiology Regional Center has been providing diagnostic services in Southwest Florida for over 35 years. The Center is owned and operated by an innovative and devoted group of board-certified radiologists educated at such distinguished institutions as Duke, Harvard and Mount Sinai. Personal, one-on-one consultation with a radiologist ensures that you receive the finest in patient care.

What is the cost and is it covered by insurance?

The cost of the Full Body HealthScan is $470.  This amount is payable at the time of your appointment.  As with most screening tests, a Full Body Health Scan is not covered by insurance or Medicare at the present time.

How do I schedule a Full Body HealthScan?

To schedule call (239) 936-4068.

Where is the Full Body Health Scan offered?
More questions? Give us a call!

To speak with a Full-Body HealthScan representative at Radiology Regional Center, call Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST, (239) 931-6399.