Full Body screening is an effective early detection method for the screening of many major diseases, including heart disease and cancer. The Full Body Scan looks at all of the vital internal organs from the neck (thyroid) to the hips (pelvis). There are two tests: Electron Beam Tomography, EBT, and CT scans or “spiral scanning”. When referring to “full body” scans, one is usually speaking of EBT. CT Scans employ a CAT scan for a wide range of body screening. Both are non-intrusive for the patient and take only 10 to 15 minutes to perform.
In the EBT process, the patient lies on a table fully-clothed and an electron beam passes through the body in a matter of seconds. Exposure to radiation is minimal and the end results are fantastically detailed 3-dimensional images which can be viewed from every possible angle and then be stored, filmed or transmitted. Usually after your scan is studied, a Radiologist will analyze your images and you will then go over the results of your scan with a physician. Often an Internist will provide consultation for medical issues that arise related to your scan.
In spiral CT scans, the x-ray tube rotates or “spirals” around the reclining patient as the examination table moves forward through the scanner. The process is quick, accurate and may be applied from head to toe.
EBT is now looked to for the early detection of disease, particularly calcification in coronary arteries and lung cancer. The screening allows a chance for preventative measures before a disease enters its critical stages. Tumors, intestinal irregularities, and disorders of the liver and kidney`s are also identifiable and can provide early opportunities for prevention.