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Wellness Screenings

Wellness Screenings are self pay exams including

  • Low-dose heart screenings
  • Low-dose lung screenings
  • Osteoporosis screenings (DEXA)
  • Stroke screenings (vascular ultrasound)
  • Body fat analysis


Wellness CT examinations (CT Heart Score and CT Lung Screening) are designed to detect disease at an early stage in asymptomatic individuals.  Patients must be at least 50 years old or have a prescription from their referring physician.  Allow 30 minutes for your appointment.  This allows time for check in, questionnaire completion, patient positioning and scanning.  The actual CT exam takes less than one minute. After a board certified radiologist interprets the scan you will be contacted by the wellness screening nurse for a telephone consultation regarding your results.  Patients will also receive a comprehensive wellness packet in the mail along with their screening results.

CT Heart Score

CT Heart Score is a fast, painless screening method that measures calcium build-up in the coronary arteries.  The amount of calcium is related to the degree of underlying atherosclerosis and coronary risk.  Heart Score uses Multidetector (MDCT) technology to take clear, high resolution images of the coronary arteries.  The CT Heart Score is a non-invasive screening exam for detecting the likelihood of coronary artery disease at its earliest stages.  Images through the heart can be obtained in a single breath hold while the patient relaxes on the CT table with the arms held overhead.  There is no contrast injected and no exercise required.

No special prep is required.
Minimum age 40.

CT Lung Screening

CT Lung Screening is a low dose CT of the chest designed to replace standard chest Xrays for earlier detection of lung cancer.  Experts hope that earlier detection will translate into earlier treatment and improved outcomes.  This screening technology is capable of detecting small lung nodules that would not be visualized on a routine chest Xray.  Patients must have a significant history of tobacco or asbestos exposure.

No special prep is required.
Minimum age 50.

Osteoporosis Screening (DEXA)

Approximately one in two women and one in four men over age 50 will have an osteoporosis related fracture in their remaining lifetime.

Dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) is an osteoporosis screening test that measures the bone mineral density.  This should not be confused with a nuclear bone scan which evaluates for fractures, tumors or infections.  The test takes approximately 20 minutes and measures bone density of the spine and both hips. In certain cases, the forearm will also be measured.

These studies are usually covered by insurance (prescription required, no age limit) but can also be obtained as a self pay screening study.

No special prep is required.
Minimal age 40 without a prescription.

Who Should Have a BMD Test?  The following guidelines are provided by the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

There are some reasons (called risk factors) that increase your likelihood of developing osteoporosis. The more risk factors you have, the more likely you are to get osteoporosis and broken bones. Some examples are being small and thin, older age, being female, a diet low in calcium, lack of enough vitamin D, smoking and drinking too much alcohol.

Your healthcare provider may recommend a BMD test if you are:
  • A postmenopausal woman under age 65 with one or more risk factors for osteoporosis
  • A man age 50-70 with one or more risk factors for osteoporosis
  • A woman age 65 or older, even without any risk factors
  • A man age 70 or older, even without any risk factors
  • A woman or man after age 50 who has broken a bone
  • A woman going through menopause with certain risk factors
  • A postmenopausal woman who has stopped taking estrogen therapy (ET) or hormone therapy (HT) A man receiving certain treatments for prostate cancer
  • A woman receiving certain treatments for breast cancer
  • Overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism) or taking high doses of thyroid hormone medication
  • Overactive parathyroid gland (hyperparathyroidism)
  • X-ray of the spine showing a fracture or bone loss
  • Back pain with a possible fracture
  • Significant loss of height
  • Loss of sex hormones at an early age, including early menopause
  • Having a disease or condition that can cause bone loss (such as rheumatoid arthritis or anorexia nervosa)
  • Long-term use of certain medications including steroids (for example,   prednisone and cortisone), some anti-seizure medications, Depo-Provera®
  • aromatase inhibitors (for example, anastrozole, brand name Arimidex®)

Stroke Screening

Stroke screening is an ultrasound doppler color flow examination of the neck blood vessels that looks for areas of plaque formation and blockage.  This painless, non-invasive examination takes 30-45 minutes and is performed with the patient laying recumbent.  The ultrasound technologist will then scan the neck with the patient’s chin up and neck extended.

No special prep is required.
Minimum age 40.