Whole Body MRI Scan



Whole body MRI wellness scans are used as a screening tool in healthy patients to identify abnormalities such as cancer. A preventive full body MRI scan is performed on a wide range of patients including those who are at high risk of developing a particular type of medical condition due to long standing habits like smoking or drinking and family history of disease.


Common risk factors include,

  • A strong family history of cancer or other diseases

  • Current and past smokers, or those who have been around smokers

  • Men and women over the age of 40

  • Patients with high blood pressure or diabetes

  • Internal symptoms that are worrisome


Advantages:

Our Whole body MRI is completely harmless with no exposure to radiation.

Non-invasive with no injection of contrast material

No side effects

Requires no prior preparation

Whole Body MRI evaluates all the organs in the body including head, neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis, whole spine, bones, muscles and joints.

Our MRI scan can help to identify asymptomatic or unrecognized life-threatening diseases early, while they are still small and treatable.

Our Whole Body MRI scan uses NO RADIATION which differs from most full body scans that use CT scan technology.

Our MRI can detect lung disease, certain types of cancer, gallbladder and kidney stones, blood vessel aneurysms, degenerative changes of the spine, as well as other disorders long before symptoms occur.

The scans are read by our UK Certified Radiologist who will review all your images and provide a full report for your records.


Conclusion:

Whole-body screening for healthy people offers the promise of early cancer detection and reduced cancer-related deaths



Coronary Calcium Scoring





Heart attacks continue to be the number one killer in India. Remarkably, about one third of the people who arrive at an emergency room with a heart attack have had NO obvious symptoms like chest pain or a similar warning.

Now there’s an early detection test at 3K Healthcare called Coronary Calcium Scoring that can help predict the likelihood of having a heart attack by measuring the build up of plaque in the coronary arteries, the most likely cause of a heart attack.

Not only can Coronary Calcium Scoring identify a potentially deadly heart condition, it can be a life-saving warning signal for people who may be otherwise healthy but are in the very early state of plaque build up. When the condition is caught early enough, modest adjustments in diet and lifestyle often can be enough to effectively deal with the problem.

Coronary Calcium Scoring is done using a CT Scan which gives information about the presence, location and extent of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries—the vessels that supply oxygen-containing blood to the heart muscle. Calcified plaque results when there is a build-up of fat and other substances under the inner layer of the artery. This material can calcify which signals the presence of atherosclerosis, a disease of the vessel wall, also called coronary artery disease (CAD). People with this disease have an increased risk for heart attacks. In addition, over time, progression of plaque build up (CAD) can narrow the arteries or even close off blood flow to the heart. The result may be chest pain, sometimes called "angina," or a heart attack.

The goal of cardiac CT scan for calcium scoring is to determine if CAD is present and to what extent.

Who Should Have a Cardiac SmartScore Exam?

A Cardiac SmartScore exam can be a life-saver for men over 35 and women over 45 who are at a higher than normal risk of heart attack.


Risk factors include:

  • A family history of heart disease or stroke

  • Smoking

  • High cholesterol levels

  • High blood pressure

  • Obesity

  • High stress

  • Diabetes

  • Sedentary lifestyle


Procedure:

A coronary calcium scan is a fairly simple test. You'll lie quietly in the scanner machine for about 3 minutes while it takes pictures of your heart. The pictures will show whether you have calcifications in your coronary arteries.


Coronary Calcium Scan




Figure A shows the position of the heart in the body and the location and angle of the coronary calcium scan image.

Figure B is a coronary calcium scan image showing calcifications in a coronary artery.


Outlook

The extent of CAD is graded according to your calcium score:

  • Calcium Score
  • 0
  • 1-10
  • 11-100
  • 101-400
  • Over 400

  • Presence of CAD
  • No evidence of CAD
  • Minimal evidence of CAD
  • Mild evidence of CAD
  • Moderate evidence of CAD
  • Extensive evidence of CAD







What the results mean

Calcium Scoring is measured by a score called Agatston Score (developed by Dr Agatston) which shows the amount of plaque built up in your blood vessels. A score of zero means that you do not have calcium deposits in your vessels and are at a low risk of having a heart attack in the next two to five years.

A score of 400 or more puts you at a high risk of suffering from a heart attack within 10 years.

Depending on your score your doctor may advise changes in lifestyle and diet or prescribe medicines to help reduce the plaque and make your heart healthier.


Preparation:

You need to avoid drinking caffeine for four hours before the test. Caffeine is seen to infere with the resting heart rate, which is why avoiding it is recommended.


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