Early Detection is Critical in Helping You To Stay Healthy

Early detection is of vital importance to prevent serious complications such as stroke from carotid artery disease, rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurism, amputation of lower extremities from peripheral arterial disease, and heart attacks.  Early detection saves lives.  We have seen that clearly in extensive public emphasis on yearly mammograms to prevent breast cancer.

The Vital Screening program offered at Guilford Radiology consists of a series of exams designed to allow a Radiologist to evaluate your vital systems and identify risks, so that you and your physician can manage those risks.  These screening exams, which are not yet covered by most health insurance, can be purchased together or separately.

These exams are performed on state-of-the-art ultrasound and CT scanners by certified technologists, and the results are interpreted by board-certified Radiologists with special training in vascular disease.

Who should consider Vital Screening?
Anyone over age 55, particularly people with risk factors such as diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, a history of smoking, and a family history of vascular disease, heart attack, or stroke should discuss Vital Screening with a doctor.

Screening Services Offered:
We have chosen to screen for these diseases identified below because often these diseases develop slowly and silently over years, and if caught early, can be easily treated.

Screening of the Abdominal Aorta for Aneurysm
An aneurysm of the main artery of the abdomen (the aorta) occurs when the wall of this vessel progressively weakens, leading to widening and possible subsequent rupture.  This may represent a virtual “time bomb” since, as with stroke, there frequently are no warning signs.  Appropriate treatment such as surgery or stent placement is available for this condition with excellent results when the condition is recognized before rupture.  Once rupture occurs, it is often fatal.   This screening exam is done with ultrasound.  An ultrasound instrument (transducer) is placed over the frontal part of the abdomen to measure and evaluate the size of the abdominal aorta.  There is no pain or discomfort.

Carotid Artery Screening for Stroke
Most strokes are caused by plaque buildup in the main arteries in the neck (carotid arteries). If the amount of plaque becomes severe, it can cause a stroke, often without warning signs. Stroke is a leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of disability. Ultrasound can reliably evaluate plaque formation so that preventive measures can be taken to avoid the consequences of a stroke.  This screening exam is done with ultrasound.  An ultrasound instrument (transducer) is placed over the neck to measure and evaluate the size of the carotid artery.  There is no pain or discomfort.

Peripheral Arterial Disease Screening for Occlusion of Leg and Arm Arteries
Peripheral Arterial Disease most often affects the arteries to the legs and arms and is caused by a build-up of plaque.  This causes impairment of circulation resulting in leg pain during exercise, and potentially, if untreated, will lead to serious disability or amputation.  25-30 million people in the United States have peripheral arterial disease and are therefore three times more likely than those without the disease to die of heart attack or stroke. This test can determine if there is significant impairment of the circulation so that appropriate treatment, such as medication, exercise, surgery or angioplasty, may be initiated.  This screening exam is done with ultrasound and both legs and arms are evaluated.  Our technologist places blood pressure cuffs on an arm or leg and using this technique, the amount of narrowing in the arteries can be determined by the Radiologist.

Screening for Coronary Artery Disease
As with stroke and peripheral arterial disease, coronary artery disease is caused by plaque build-up in the arteries supplying the heart muscle.  If this plaque build-up continues, the heart arteries can become blocked, which can lead to a heart attack. The determination of the amount of calcium in the coronary arteries has been shown to be a predictor of the presence of significant coronary artery narrowing.  This screening test involves a CT scan of the heart while simultaneously recording the pulse rate on an electrocardiographic instrument. Specialized software is then used to analyze the amount of calcium in the coronary arteries.

Your Results
Your doctor(s) will receive a full detailed written report from our highly trained radiologists within one day.  We will provide you with a CD copy of your exam, for your personal records or to bring to your referring physician on your follow-up visit.  Our goal is to provide you with the highest level of customer service and image quality in a caring and supportive environment.

Fees:

  • Screening of the Abdominal Aorta for Aneurysm - $100
  • Carotid Artery Screening for Stroke - $100
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease Screening for Occlusion of Leg Arteries - $100
  • CT Scan Screening for Coronary Artery Disease - $300
  • All 4 Tests: - $500*

* We recommend doing all 4 tests since disease in one system is often associated with disease in other areas. All 4 tests can be done in one visit, taking less than one hour total.

Click here to contact us and schedule an appointment.  You do not need a referral from your doctor, but we will ask you to provide the name of a doctor to whom you would like your results sent.  This will be particularly important if we find something of concern in one of your screening exams, as you will need to review the findings and develop a management and follow-up plan with your doctor.

Additional screening tests available include:
Virtual Colonoscopy – Click to learn more about this screening exam
Screening Mammogram – Click to learn more about this screening exam

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