What if there were a simple and painless procedure that could reassure you about the state of your health or detect medical conditions before they become severe? A test you could schedule with just one phone call, have during your lunch hour and still have time to eat? What if you could get access to this procedure through a reputable, technologically advanced and conveniently located hospital?
You can stop imagining. The technology is here today. It's called the Wellness Scan, and it's available right now at Virginia Hospital Center.
How It Works
The Wellness Scan uses very low dose computed tomography (CT) scanning to take cross-section views, or "slices," of your body to find tumors, blockages, damage to arteries and other signs of medical problems. Using this sophisticated technology, Virginia Hospital Center can provide you with a clear view of your health status. If you're well, that means you can relax and enjoy knowing you're in good health.
What to Expect
The entire Wellness Scan will take about 30 minutes. No referral from a physician is required. Undergoing a Wellness Scan is about as simple as a medical procedure can be, beginning with scheduling.
Registering through Radiology Scheduling Center, link in source page goes to blank page] allows you to go directly to our Radiology Department, where you will drink eight ounces of fluid before the scan begins. That's all the preparation needed.
During the test, you lie back comfortably in the open-ring CT scanner, and we do the rest. The test emits only a small amount of ionizing radiation.
Because the Wellness Scan is not a diagnostic procedure, its cost of $850 is not covered by insurance. You must pay in advance and can use a credit card when you register.
When your scan is complete, you'll have the opportunity to discuss the results with one of our board-certified radiologists, who review all Wellness Scan studies. The physician will guide you through the images, explain any findings, and answer any questions you have.
You will also receive a digital copy of your scan on CD-ROM to take your primary care provider. This CD will work on any computer system, because the software required is included on the disc. And if you need a referral to a primary care provider, Virginia Hospital Center can help. Our Referral Service can provide you with a list of doctors accredited by our hospital, so you can choose the physician you want to work with to ensure your continued good health.
Who Should Consider the Scan?
The Wellness Scan is not designed to diagnose disease if you're experiencing symptoms. Instead, it's intended to screen for the presence of potential problems.
Consider a wellness scan if you're older than 35 or at higher risk of certain diseases, such as:
- Gallbladder disease
- Heart disease
- Kidney stones
- Lung cancer
- Ovarian cancer
By detecting these problems early, before you have symptoms, the Wellness Scan can help you receive treatment when it is most effective, minimizing complications and costs. If you're in good health, the Wellness Scan can provide the reassurance you want and need.