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A Body Scan May Help Uncover Life Threatening Diseases Early

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By Cheryl Brown

Most people have heard of the new technology body scan. I had a complete body scan and I would recommend it to everyone, sorry if I sound like the commercial.

Statistics show that Black people have shorter life spans than any other race of people. Our leading causes of death are high blood pressure, heart attacks, cancer, and diabetes.

All of these diseases can be conquered if they are discovered early.
The new state of the art Vital Health Diagnostics center opens this week in Riverside on the corner of University and Market.

It takes 14 seconds to find out if you are at risk before a disease progresses while the treatment can still be minimal.
The life saving technology provides a fast, safe and accurate early look at the body’s most vital organs.

Coronary artery disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States. In fact, heart disease takes the life of one American every 33 seconds, and 30 % of those individuals had no prior symptoms.

Lung cancer and colon cancer, meanwhile, are the two leading causes of cancer-related deaths in both men and women. "Although the statistics are frightening, many people did not know the good news—that potentially fatal diseases like heart disease and certain cancers are often curable when detected early," said Dr. Stephen Shapiro, medical director, founder and chairman of Vital Health Diagnostics and a leader in CT (Computed Tomography) imaging.

"Combining the most advanced state of the art, low dose scanning technology and the best medicine, we are here to save lives through the early detection of disease."

Imagine a virtual colonoscopy at Vital Health. No laxatives, no fasting, no going under sedation, it is fast, easy and a safe alternative to traditional colonoscopy that provides a very accurate and detailed look at the interior of the colon. It can pick up polyps and tumors as small as 6 millimeters.

The CT CardioScreen scans the heart and detects early coronary artery disease. The CardioScreen measures the amount of calcific plaque in the coronary arteries to assess the risk of heart disease and gives a specific rating of risk for future heart attacks.

The LungScreen is a test to screen out lung cancer. The CT scan can detect lung cancer at earlier and more curable stages than ordinary x-rays.

Following the full body scan, a written and graphic report can be obtained.
"Although there are a number partners we could have chosen to bring this very important offering to Riverside, Vital Health Diagnostics gained our trust with its impressive team, experience and track record, combined with its commitment to two-way education and its physician-partnership approach," said Judy Carpenter, President and COO of Riverside Medical Clinic.

The clinic will work very closely with Vital Heath to make this offering to the community.
Dr. Shapiro, gave me my results within a few minutes and advised me to start taking calcium, this week after a closer look he sent out a follow-up and told me I needed to have further testing in a small area.

I have the CD of my scan that I can take to my physician and he/she can check it out. The cost is $795 for the basic but the scans start at $395.

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