PREVENT. DETECT.Preventative screenings are a useful tool in staying healthy. Screenings that use imaging technology can look inside the body and give your doctor valuable information they can use to identify or treat illness, injury or disease.
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Preventative Screenings for Adults
Preventative screenings are useful to ensure your health and wellbeing. As people age, their risk for certain health conditions or diseases increases. Heredity and lifestyle choices also impact risks for heart disease and some cancers. Routine screenings can catch health changes early when they are more treatable.
Wake Radiology UNC REX offers a variety of preventative screenings from 3D mammography and bone density studies (DXA) to heart scans that identify calcium build-up and CT lung cancer screenings. Talk with your doctor about how routine screenings can impact and improve your health.
3D Screening Mammogram
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide. A 3D mammogram can detect cancer early when it is most treatable.
- Screening mammograms do not require a physician’s order and are covered by all major insurance carriers.
- You only need to have visited your doctor within the past 18 months.
- We offer 3D mammography with artificial intelligence at all Wake Radiology UNC REX locations throughout the Triangle.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Ultrasound Screenings (AAA)
Men especially those over 65 are four times more likely than women to develop an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). These aneurysms usually occur in the aorta just below the kidneys. Early on, patients may not have pain or discomfort. As they enlarge, however, patients can experience intermittent back or abdominal pain and if a larger aneurysms ruptures it can lead to death within a few minutes.
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screenings use ultrasound to easily detect these aneurysms. Referring providers and their patients can leverage the results to determine how best to monitor, manage and treat this condition.
Bone Density Scans (DXA)
25 million Americans have osteoporosis and nearly 80% are women. Said another way, one in four women has osteoporosis, making them 10 times more likely to suffer from this disease than men.
A bone density test (DXA) is a non-invasive, accurate and inexpensive way to assess a patient’s risk of falling and breaking bones. Wake Radiology UNC REX is the first in the Triangle to offer a trabecular bone score as an add-on service to a standard bone density scan. Learn more about DXA scans.
Colon Cancer Screenings: Barium Enemas
Colon cancer screening guidelines were recently lowered to 45 years old as this disease is effective younger, healthier individuals.
Wake Radiology UNC REX performs barium enema exams for patients who cannot tolerate the sedation required for colonoscopy. The procedure uses barium to provide contrast inside the colon. X-rays can reveal polyps or other abnormalities. Most patients easily undergo this exam and there is often no recovery required.
Talk with your doctor about this exam if you need an alternative to a colonoscopy.
CT Coronary Calcium Scoring
A painless, non-invasive CT coronary calcium scoring exam is the best tool to assess your risk for a heart attack and heart disease. Half of all people who have a cardiac event don’t have prior symptoms and more than 80% of all high risk patients will have a “normal” stress test on a treadmill.
A low-dose CT coronary calcium scoring exam identifies plaque buildup in the coronary vessels. A patient’s coronary calcium score helps doctors assess risk, tailor treatment and provide better care. This exam is also endorsed by the American Heart Association. Learn more about a CT coronary calcium scoring exam at Wake Radiology UNC REX.
CT Lung Cancer Screenings
Lung cancer remains the leading cause of death from cancer in this country. A low-dose CT lung cancer screening can depict tumors significantly smaller than 1.0 centimeter in size. This means we can detect lung cancer in its very early stages before disease progression.
PET-CT Amyvid Studies and Alzheimer’s Disease
Wake Radiology UNC REX physicians were among the first in the Triangle to interpret cutting edge Amyvid (florbetapir) PET-CT studies that can help rule out Alzheimer’s Disease. Amyvid is the first FDA-approved agent for PET-CT brain imaging of amyloid plaques in patients with cognitive impairment who are being evaluated for Alzheimer’s and other causes.
Talk with your doctor about a Amyvid study at Wake Radiology UNC REX.