Whole Body CT scanning is an effective early detection method for the screening of many major diseases, including heart disease and cancer. It is a painless, non-invasive procedure that takes about 10 to 15 minutes to perform. The Whole Body Scan looks at all of the internal organs from the brain, neck (thyroid), lungs, heart and abdomen to the hips (pelvis). It can help to detect cancer, aneurysms, coronary heart diseases, pulmonary embolism, Liver diseases and/or tumors, gallstones, kidney stones and/or tumors, pelvic masses, arthritis among many other common ailments.
A Whole Body scan also includes a Brain, Neck, Heart, Lung scan and abdominopelvic and can be tailor fit to your concerns and family history.
Heart Disease: It’s extremely common and usually preventable
Are you or someone you love – at risk of heart disease? Think about this:
· 1 out of 4 Americans has some form of heart disease.
· More than 500,000 Americans die of heart attacks every year.
· Over half of those who die will have had no previous symptoms.
· Now, here’s the good news:
· 85% of heart disease can be halted or prevented, if the conditions that lead to heart attacks are diagnosed early enough.
Preventing coronary artery disease starts with awareness
Calcified plaque in the arteries is a risk factor that may lead to coronary artery disease (CAD). Many people call this “hardening of the arteries.” As more plaque builds up, arteries get narrower and the risk of a sudden heart attack can increase.
Now there’s a new breakthrough, the Calcium Scoring exam that allows us to visualize and quantify the amount of calcium plaque, if any, in the coronary arteries. It’s performed with a faster CT scanner, so it’s completely non-invasive and painless.
The calcium scoring exam typically takes less than 15 minutes. We’re proud to be one of the first medical institutions in Bangladesh to offer this exam with 128 slice ultrafast CT scanner as part of our dedicated health care services to the community.
What you can expect during your calcium scoring exam
You won’t have to do anything special to prepare for your Calcium Scoring exam. When you come for your exam, our technologist will ask you to lie on a comfortable table.
The technologist will then attach electrocardiogram (EKG) leads to your chest. The table will then be moved into the proper scanning position. Next, the technologist will initiate the scan. You’ll be in constant visual and voice contact with the technologist throughout the procedure. As your CT scan proceeds, you may hear a quiet, fan-like sound and a beep each time a picture is taken.
You won’t feel the scan at all: just relax and try to lie as still as possible. Our technologist will ask you to hold your breath to obtain the best images. Once you’re finished, the technologist will help you get off the table. That’s all there is to it.
What if the physician finds calcified plaque?
Visualization of calcified plaque may indicate a risk for coronary disease. But remember, 85% of all coronary artery disease can be halted or prevented if the conditions that lead to heart attacks are diagnosed and treated early enough. Your doctor will be able to recommend the right treatment plan for you.
What if the physician does not find calcified plaque?
You are probably at a lower risk for coronary artery disease. Early prevention is better than a cure. In consultation with your physician, you should be able to work to reduce your risk factors even further.
Learn about Coronary CT Angiography
Medinova Imaging is proud to offer an important addition to its comprehensive list of cardiac diagnostic imaging services. With our state of the art GE’s 128-slice Multi-Detector ultrafast CT scanner, we are now able to offer the innovative Coronary Artery CT Angiography (Coronary CTA) to our patients.
CT-based coronary angiography is a new, non-invasive alternative to cardiac catheterization for some patients. This new technology has consistently shown the ability to rule out significant narrowing of the major coronary arteries and can non-invasively detect “soft plaque,” or “fatty matter”, in their walls that has not yet hardened but that may lead to future problems without lifestyle changes or medical treatment.
Clinical studies have shown that coronary CTA is reliable for the non-invasive assessment of stenosis in the proximal and mid regions of the coronary arteries, where the majority of stenosis is found. Both the sensitivity and specificity for the detection of clinically significant stenosis are about 90%.
Benefits of Coronary CT-Angiogram
- Non-invasive diagnosis
- Can rule out coronary stenosis with high accuracy
- Can establish patency of by-pass grafts and stented arteries
- Can visualize cardiac and coronary venous anatomy
- Can assess calcified and non-calcified plaque burden
Who should consider Coronary CT-Angiogram?
Coronary CTA examinations can determine if there is significant narrowing in the coronary arteries, as well as a presence of fatty deposits. This has been found to be particularly valuable in asymptomatic patients with higher risk for coronary disease, in patients with atypical symptoms but lower risk of coronary disease, or in patients with unclear stress-test results. As a result, many physicians advocate the careful use of coronary CTA for patients who have:
- Intermediate to high-risk profiles for coronary artery disease, but who do not have typical symptoms (especially chest pain, shortness of breath, or fatigue during heavy physical activity.)
- Unusual symptoms for coronary artery disease (such as chest pain unrelated to physical exertion), but low to intermediate risk profiles for coronary artery disease.
- Unclear or inconclusive stress-test (treadmill test) results.
For these types of patients, coronary CTA can provide important insights to their primary physician into the extent and nature of plaque formation with or without any narrowing of the coronary arteries. Coronary CTA also can non-invasively exclude narrowing of the arteries as the cause of chest discomfort and detect other possible causes of symptoms.
Lear about Lung CT Screening
Lung cancer is responsible for deaths of more men and women worldwide than any other type of cancer. The majority of individuals with lung cancer do not survive 5 years. However, if the lung cancer is identified early and treated, at least 70-80% survives the first 2 years.
Detection of early lung cancer is very important if we are to improve survival rates. CT scans play a major role in the screening/detection of lung cancers in the early stages. Lung cancer tumors are typically the size of a large coin by the time they are discovered through a conventional x-ray – and at this stage the cancer has usually spread.
Is a simple Chest X-Ray good enough to detect lung cancer?
No, the resolution of a chest x-ray is much lower than a CT scan. By the time a lung cancer is seen on a chest x ray, the lung cancer is generally too large for surgery. Chest x-rays are not useful tools for lung cancer screening. A chest x-ray can only detect lung masses that are the size of a large coin.
What is a CT scan of the chest?
CT scan is a useful test to identify and screen for lung cancers. The cancers are identified in their early stages at which they can be treated. The CT scan images the entire chest and the mediastinum, the middle part of the chest which contains important structures. The CT scan can detect very small masses in the lung. By detecting cancerous tumors at an early stage, an individual’s survival rate may be significantly improved.
Who should get a CT scan of the chest?
CT scan of the chest is a useful screening test for individuals who are at risk for lung cancers. Individuals with the following risk factors should get a CT chest:
- Individuals who smoke cigarettes, pipes
- Individuals who are exposed to second hand smoke
- Individuals who have been exposed to asbestosis
- Individuals who have been exposed to radon
- Individuals who have a history of tuberculosis
- Individuals who have weight loss with coughing of blood
- Individuals with a Family history of lung cancer
- Individuals who have a prolonged cough, wheezing, and shortness of breath
How is the procedure done?
A CT Lung Scan is completely painless and effortless. On the day of the CT scan, the individual will arrive at the center. The individual will be asked to change into a gown. The individual is then asked to lie down on a flat bed which moves into the CT scan tunnel. Once the machine is ready, the patient is slowly moved into the tunnel and the images are obtained. At this point the individual is asked to hold his/her breath. The entire procedure takes a few seconds. After the procedure the patient can change back to his normal clothes and can go back to normal activities.
How long will my appointment take?
The total time for the CT scan takes only about 10-15 minutes in total. The actual scan takes about 20-30 seconds. During the time that you are being scanned, you will be asked to hold your breath for about 20 seconds. This prevents any motion artifacts from breathing. The images are printed out and read by the radiologist.
Who interprets the scans?
A radiologist with prior training and experience interprets the images of the CT scan.
What is the evidence that lung cancer screening saves lives?
Current Research indicates that annual CT screening improves the chances of cancer detection with a significant increase in survival. Chest x-rays done at the same time failed to reveal the majority of early lung cancer that were detected by the CT scan. All studies indicate that the earlier the cancer is detected, the better the chances of the cure and survival.
How much radiation is used in the screening CT scan?
The lung screening by 128 slice ultrafast CT scan is a very low-dose scan, which means very little radiation is used. The radiation dosage is similar to that of a mammogram.
Will this CT scan show other lung abnormalities besides cancer?
Yes. The CT scan can show any abnormalities of the chest wall, ribs, the inside lining of the chest, and diaphragm. In addition it may reveal the presence of any other lung disease such as lung fibrosis, pleural effusion, scars, pneumonia, bronchiectasis or emphysema.
What happens if the Lung CT scan is abnormal?
Once an abnormality is detected, it will be discussed with you and your physician and you may require additional tests, biopsy or observation. Any further testing is usually done at a later time.
How much does the screening cost?
The average cost of a lung scan is BDT.7000.00 only. If one is symptomatic, referred by the physician and if there is a strong suspicion of a lesion in the chest, the CT scan may be very useful. Those who wants regular comprehensive health screening and have risk factor described above must a scan annually.
3D Virtual CT Whole Body imaging
You may feel healthy, but knowing that you’re healthy is even better.
Our Whole Body Imaging Check is an advanced screening program for the early detection of potential health problems and risks.
As we age, the risks of heart disease, stroke, cancer, aneurysm, and other diseases increase. In fact, heart disease and cancers cause over half of all deaths for people aged 40 and older in the United States.
Medinova’s Whole Body imaging Check can tell you if you’re at risk for any of these diseases. It is a comprehensive health assessment that goes far beyond any screening program previously available in Bangladesh.
Other body scanning programs base their results on only one exam. Medinova’s Whole Body imaging Check offers specific exams targeting certain areas of the body. CT scanning is best performed for detection of abnormalities in the brain, neck, lungs, heart and abdominal organs. MRI Scanning is best for detecting disease in the Breast. Medinova Imaging can customize your Whole Body Check based on your Family history, your medical history and your medical concerns.
For your comfort, you will be assisted by trained, courteous professionals throughout. After your Whole Body Check, one of our specialist physicians will discuss your results with you. Then they will then offer you helpful suggestions for leading a healthier lifestyle, including diet, exercise and stress reduction.
Medinova’s Whole Body imaging Check is painless, easy to undergo, and can be completed in a half day. It is a proven way to discover life’s little problems before they can become bigger ones.
Medinova’s Whole Body Check Comprehensive Programs Evaluate:
- Coronary Arteries
- Abdominal Organs
- Bone Density
- Blood Vessels
- Breast Health
- Biochemical Health (Lab)
We have also the facilities of –
- 128 Slice Ultra Fast MDCT Scan
- Turbo Spiral CT Scan
- Helical Spiral CT Scan