Health Screening Explained
Many people often feel apprehensive and uncomfortable before undergoing a health screening and this is largely due to the fact that many doctors don't spend enough time with their patients to explain why certain tests are being done. At ParkwayHealth, all our patients receive private one-on-one consultation with an experienced physician to go through and answer any questions that you may have.
To put your mind at ease, below are some explanations of some of the more common procedures and tests that you may end up taking:
- Body Mass Index (BMI): A numerical computation of weight and height that helps determine whether or not individual is at a healthy weight for his/her weight.
- Chest X-ray: A standard x-ray that is used to detect any abnormalities in the lungs, heart, aorta and the bones of the thoracic area.
- Echocardiogram (Stress Echo): Sound waves are used to create an image of the heart whilst a patient is running on treadmill and visually helps determine the heart's ability to cope with stress.
- EKG (Electrocardiogram): A test that measure the heart's electrical activity over time, to ensure that it is within an acceptable range.
- Exercise Treadmill Test: A test that is performed while a patient is running on a treadmill and helps determine the heart's ability to cope with stress.
- Alph-Fetoprotein Test (AFP): A blood test that provides early detection for certain forms of cancer, such as liver cancer.
- Hs-CRP (High-sensitivity C-reactive Protein) Test: A blood test for the presence of a specific protein which is produced by the liver during episodes of acute inflammation or infection.
- Lipid Study: A series of blood tests that measure the presence of fat and fat-like substances within the body
- Liver Study: A series of blood tests that measure how healthy the liver is.
- Pap Smear with HPV: A painless test to detect early signs of cervical or pelvic cancer in women that involves gently swabbing the cervix to collect cells which will be examined in a lab.
- Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Test: A blood test that helps identify the early signs of prostate cancer.
- Thyroid Stimulating Hormone Test: A test is used to measure the efficiency of the thyroid glands which produce thyroxin, an essential hormone which controls the body's rate of metabolism.
- Ultrasound: A scan that utilizes high frequency sound waves to create a picture of the insides of various parts of the body, including the pelvis and abdomen.
- Urine analysis: An analysis of one's urine that provides essential information on kidney function and the early signs of wide range of serious illnesses.
Note: These Health Screening packages are for screening purposes only and are not designated for people with health conditions that require regular medical care. If you would like to discuss the management of any of your pre-existing health conditions, our team of physicians will be glad to assist.
IMPORTANT: Medical Insurances companies vary as to what is covered for health screening. If you would like to find what is covered or how much you are entitled to for health screening, please contact your insurance company prior to appointment in our clinic.
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