Regular screening is the key
to disease prevention
and good health
Annual screenings play a critical role in preventing illness, even if you are currently feeling well and are in good physical shape. By monitoring your health over time, your doctor can learn more information about your health and detect signs of disease at their earliest – and most treatable – stages.
Please take some time to talk to your doctor about the following exams that we recommend below.
Bone densitometry tests - Bone densitometry tests, also known as dual-energy X-ray absorption (DEXA), are most often used to determine the strength of bones in the spine and hip – two areas where seriously-disabling injuries can occur. These bone density tests can determine if you have, or are at risk for developing, osteoporosis. The procedure combines X-rays and computer technology to do precise measurements of bone density.
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Cardiac calcium scoring - A build-up of calcium and fatty deposits within the artery walls leading to the heart is a condition known as atherosclerosis. It causes the arteries to narrow, restricting blood flow and oxygen to the heart, which may result in damage to the heart muscle.
At Novant Health, we use a screening test called cardiac calcium scoring to measure the amount of calcium and “score” it relative to its severity. This score helps determine your risk of heart disease and heart attack. To determine your score, we produce an image of your cardiac arteries using a CT scan. This test is non-invasive and generally requires less than 10 minutes.
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Carotid IMT ultrasound - Carotid intima-medial thickness (CIMT) ultrasound combines high-resolution ultrasound and computer technology to enable our doctors to measure the thickness of the carotid artery wall. This test is effective in identifying thickening of the artery walls that can indicate an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
Because this test uses sound waves, it is painless and non-invasive. It takes approximately 20 minutes and is performed on an outpatient basis. No preparation is required for this exam.
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CT colonography - CT colonography, sometimes called a virtual colonoscopy, is used to look for growths in your rectum and colon. The procedure combines advanced X-ray scanning with computer imaging to create a detailed 3-D image.
A CT colonography enables our physicians to perform a detailed examination without sedation, injections or inserting a tube and camera into the colon, as is done with a traditional colonoscopy.