Screening exams can identify a condition or indicate your likelihood for developing a condition. These exams are pre-emptive and proactive methods for checking your health. The information obtained through these exams can allow you and your personal physician to take measures to improve your health and avoid serious illnesses, such as heart disease and osteoporosis, in the future.
When a disease is found in its early stages, the patient often has more treatment options to choose from and a better prognosis. Screening exams can help diagnose some diseases while they are in their early stages and before they cause noticeable symptoms.
Screening exams are quick, usually painless, and can prolong your life. Most screening exams use a CT scanner or ultrasound. Those performed on a CT scanner use very low doses of radiation.