Health Screening Services
Fairfax Radiology offers several screening studies for patient health maintenance. Whether part of an annual routine health analysis or an intermittent or one time assessment due to an age threshold, family history or personal lifestyle, our screening services can evaluate the presence of abnormalities in many different areas. Our screening services include:
What is Screening Heart Scan for Calcium Scoring/Smart Scoring?
The "Calcium Scoring" CT Heart Scan is a fast and simple way to tell if you have calcification (hardening) of the arteries of the heart. The 10-minute scan detects and quantifies calcified plaque in the coronary arteries. It is an accurate predictor of the likelihood of a future heart attack. This non-invasive CT scan of the heart does not require any medication or intravenous contrast dye administration.
A three-dimensional coronary CT scan is a revolutionary new method for evaluating the heart and coronary arteries. For those individuals who are at risk for heart disease, after a mandatory contrast injection, this simple 15-minute scan will generate high-resolution 3D images of your heart and blood vessels. A 3-D Heart Scan clearly shows blockages that may lead to a heart attack. Which type of heart scan is best for you? To discuss the benefits and costs of these two procedures, contact our Health Screening Department at 703-698-4464 for further information .
This simple test identifies lung cancer and other lung diseases long before they cause symptoms. It also can detect damage to the lungs from smoking, pollutants or previous lung infection or disease. Using this technology we can detect tiny lung cancers that would be invisible on regular chest x-rays and other tests. This test is appropriate for people with an elevated risk of lung cancer, such as current or former smokers, and those with significant exposure to second hand smoke or other lung damaging occupational hazards.
CT Virtual Colonoscopy is a new, exciting alternative for the screening of colorectal cancer, which is the second leading cause of death in men and women. Despite clinical evidence that the occurrence of colorectal cancer can be reduced with routine screening, adherence to screening recommendations remain low. Among the reasons for poor compliance is the unpleasant nature of current screening methods. CT virtual colonoscopy promises high accuracy, better tolerance, and is less invasive than current screening methods. It is ideal for those patients that are reluctant or cannot undergo conventional screening, have a medical contraindication for sedation, are undergoing blood thinning therapy, or have a history of unsuccessful conventional colonoscopy. As of March of 2008, Virtual Colonoscopy has been added to the American Cancer Society’s guidelines as an approved cancer screening method. The ACS now considers this a "preferred" test that "finds polyps and cancer" and recommends it be performed every five years.
Whole body CT screening is a comprehensive screening CT exam of the entire chest, abdomen and pelvis. Many have called this examination a “virtual physical exam” because it screens for disease of the lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas, bowel and vascular system. Because its use is somewhat controversial, Fairfax Radiological Consultants ask that you consult with your physician prior to the exam. We require a physician's order to do the exam.
Every woman should be aware of the importance of screening mammography for early detection of breast cancer. At Fairfax Radiology, “Every day is Breast Cancer Awareness Day!” Our extensive mammography program consists of fully ACR accredited and FDA certified facilities that meet all the requirements to assure a complete and accurate breast evaluation. In addition, we have Breast Facilitators who can assist a woman with an “abnormal” mammogram through the sometimes frightening and stressful follow up process.
Osteoporosis, or the weakening of bone structure as we age has been an increasing area of concern for patients, especially women. A bone density study can provide an evaluation of the bone structure to identify early bone loss, known as osteopenia or identify the patient has osteoporosis and is at higher risk for bone fracture. A simple, quick evaluation is often done in conjunction with an annual mammogram. Many insurance companies provide periodic bone density scans as part of their routine health evaluation benefits.
Medicare now pays for a one-time ultrasound screening for AAA for beneficiaries who are at risk and who have not previously had AAA US exam paid under the Medicare program. Eligible patients fit in at least one of the following risk categories:
- Have a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm
- Are a man age 65 to 75 who has smoked at least 100 cigarettes in his lifetime
- Manifests other risk factors recommended for screening by the US Preventive Services Task Force regarding AAA
A screening sinus CT is a quick, painless CT study for a limited evaluation of the sinuses to identify the presence of sinus infection or evaluate the treatment process. No preparation is required. Children above the age of 5 can have a screening sinus CT if they are able to cooperate during the imaging process.
To schedule a screening mammogram, Screening Sinus CT, Bone Density or Abdominal Ultrasound, contact our Centralized Scheduling Department at 703-698-4488. For further information or to schedule any of our other screening services, contact our Health Screening Department at 703-698-4464.
For more information on these exams, please visit www.radiologyinfo.org.
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