Currently there is an incredible number of medical procedures that allow us to take a good look inside of our bodies. This is extremely beneficial to people everywhere, as the key to beating illness is early detection. This means once someone begins to exhibit even the most subtle of symptoms, a diagnosis and treatment plan can be made quickly. Keeping this in mind, it’s important for you to know what sort of imaging technologies can lead to early detection and perhaps save your life.
While mammograms are no woman’s favorite activity to partake in, a few minutes of discomfort could absolutely save your life. Because breast cancer is much more common in women who are over 40, it is recommended that you begin to have an annual mammogram in order to ensure you are not at risk of breast cancer. In the case that your mother or sister had breast cancer before they were 50 years old, you may want to consider starting to have your annual mammograms starting as early as 30.
Chest X-Ray/Chest CT
You may not be aware, but lung cancer is number one cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. If you are or were a smoker, you should ask your doctor about having a regular chest x-ray to ensure you are not living with cancerous cells in your lungs.
When you have an ultrasound, high frequency sound waves are are used to see inside your abdomen and pelvis without the use of radiation. Most often people will have a pelvic ultrasound is they are experiencing pain in their pelvic region.
Abdominal Aortic Ultrasound
Your aorta is the largest artery in your entire body. Occasionally, an aneurysm can occur in this area, causing the aorta to dilate to an abnormally large size. Once it becomes so big, there is the possibility that it could rupture, which in turn can lead to death. Having this screening test can help to identify this problem early, which will allow you to have a safe surgery before the aortic aneurysm unexpectedly takes your life.
Colon cancer is far more common than most people realize. Having a colonoscopy is by no means the most pleasant procedure, but considering it could save your life from an aggressive disease like colon cancer, we think it’s worth the short-term discomfort. CT Colonoscopies are much quicker, safer and less invasive than regular colonoscopies. A small tube is put into the lower rectum, after which gas inflates the colon just for a few minutes. The CT images that are rendered from the process can identify everything from kidney stones to colon cancer.
Cardiac CT Angiogram
If you want to live a long happy life, you need to keep your heart as healthy as possible. Unfortunately, even when we seem to take pretty good care of ourselves, things like genetics can lead to heart problems. Having a cardiac CT angiogram will allow your doctor to see the shape you heart is in, including your arteries.
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