Services: Screening Exams

Screening Exams

With new screening technologies for early detection many diseases are able to be detected sooner resulting in less extensive treatment and better outcomes. It is important for you to know your family history, be familiar with warning signs and symptoms, get regular check-ups, perform self-exams, and have an open dialogue with your primary care physician. You have the power to take control of your health and catch many diseases before they start.

Valley Radiologists is pleased to offer the following Healthcare Screening Exams:

Screening Lung CT scan is one of the best screening tests available to find lung cancer. More effective than a standard X-ray, a screening Lung CT scan can save your life. This scan is the most advanced screening tool available for the early detection of lung cancer and diseases like emphysema. When found at its earliest stages, treatments of these diseases have a much higher rate of success.

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A cardiac CT scan for Calcium Scoring is a non-invasive way of obtaining information about the presence, location and extent of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries that can help to evaluate your risk of heart attack. By evaluating and measuring the calcium build up in your coronary arteries, you can have an early warning of the arthrosclerosis (plaque build up) in your coronary artery.

A mammogram is an x-ray picture of the breast. Screening mammograms are used to check for breast cancer in women who have no signs or symptoms of the disease. Screening mammograms usually involve two x-ray pictures, or images, of each breast. The x-ray images make it possible to detect tumors that cannot be felt. Screening mammograms can also find microcalcifications (tiny deposits of calcium) that sometimes indicate the presence of breast cancer.

Bone density scanning, also called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) or bone densitometry, is an enhanced form of x-ray technology that is used to measure bone loss. DXA is today's established standard for measuring bone mineral density (BMD). BMD is a measure of how much calcium and other types of minerals are in an area of your bone. DXA is most often used to diagnose osteoporosis, a condition that involves a gradual loss of calcium, as well as structural changes, causing the bones to become thinner, more fragile and more likely to break. DXA is also effective in tracking the effects of treatment for osteoporosis and other conditions that cause bone loss.

Virtual colonoscopy is test that looks for cancer, polyps, or other disease in the large intestine (colon). A virtual colonoscopy is different from a regular colonoscopy, in which a long, lighted tool is inserted into the rectum and large intestine. The test is performed in the radiology department utilizing a CT scanner and requires no sedation. A computer combines all the images to form three-dimensional pictures of the colon.