March 9, 2011
KCH Diagnostic Imaging Launches Series of Wellness Screens

“A series of diagnostic wellness screens are now available from KCH Diagnostic Imaging,” announced Janet Brunner, Senior Manager of Business Development and Outreach at KCH.  “The new KCH Screens program offers various screens at different times throughout the year, often corresponding with national campaigns.” 

There’s something to be said about early detection as the best protection. The earlier a disease or illness is identified, the greater the range of options for management or treatment.

With the KCH Screens program, you decide which,  if any, now available wellness screens might be worthy of consideration based on family history or other concerns.

“If you are concerned about family history of heart disease, for example,” Brunner stated, “you might choose cardiac scoring or our three-part vascular screening.  If you worry about potential lung damage due to long term smoking, you might consider lung screening.  Perhaps your mother had osteoporosis and you’d like a full body bone density screening as a baseline to track your own bone health.  Breast cancer runs in your family?  Be sure to sign up for a digital mammogram in October.”

“These are wellness screens meant to be the first step in a process that includes your family physician.  A copy of your test results will be sent to your physician for review,” noted Brunner.   “This is very important because the validity of any test results can only be assessed properly when reviewed by a physician in conjunction with your medical history and other contributing factors.  Should you have any questions about these results, we urge you to contact your physician.”

The new program allows health conscious people an opportunity to screen for illness and disease before symptoms occur. 

“Since these are wellness screens, you don’t need an order.”  You make the appointment, get screened, get results,” And, we’ll send a copy of the results to your physician,” Brunner added.  “Wellness screenings are meant to be the first step in a process that includes your family physician.  All screens are non-invasive, painless.  Just call 837-4580 to make an appointment. Go to registration the day of screen and pay by check or credit card.”

Among the choices offered in 2011 are:

  • Cardiac Scoring ($40), was offered as a trial during heart month (February) and extended throughout March as well.
    This test detects calcified plaque with the coronary arteries, which is an indication of arteriosclerosis or coronary disease (CAD). People with this disease have increased risk for heart attacks. Calcium scoring is a great screening tool for those who have risk factors but no clinical symptoms. Risk factors of CAD include:Family history, diabetes, high cholesterol, overweight, and physical inactivity. The test is non-invasive and only takes 15-20 minutes. 

  • Vascular Screening ($95) is offered in April, August, December. 
    Vascular screening looks for the three most serious non-cardiac, vascular diseases that afflict Americans and produce the most potential for death and disability.  Included are:
    • Carotid artery disease typically occurs when the carotid arteries, the main blood vessels to the brain, develop a build-up of plaque caused by arteriosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. When the build-up becomes severe, it can cause a stroke, which can be fatal or permanently disabling. However, if carotid artery disease is detected and treated, strokes can be prevented.
    • Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is a blockage in circulation to the arms or legs due to arteriosclerosis or other diseases, which may threaten the limbs. People with PAD are 3 times more likely to die of heart attacks and strokes than those without this disease. With early detection, vascular disease can be treated.
    • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms occur when the wall of the aorta, the main artery in the chest and abdomen, progressively weakens. This causes a dilation of the vessel. If not diagnosed and treated, the aneurysm may grow larger and eventually rupture. A ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm is the tenth leading cause of death in men over the age of 50 in the US.

  • Bone Density (DXA) ($25) is offered in May.
    Bone Densitometry is a non-invasive exam that requires minimal radiation exposure. Bone density measurements are used to screen individuals for osteoporosis risk and to identify those who might benefit from measures to improve bone strength. There is a statistical correlation between poor bone density and higher probability of fractures. Full body screening takes only 5-10 minutes.

  • Mammography Screening ($60) is offered in October during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
    Screening mammography is used to detect breast changes in women who have no signs and/or symptoms.  The goal is to detect breast cancer before any clinical signs are noticeable. Mammography, along with physical breast examinations, is the modality of choice for early detection of breast cancer.  Breast cancer screening only requires 20-30 minutes of your time.  Early detection is the best protection. 

  • Lung CT Screening ($100) is offered in November.
    Lung cancer, which is most frequently caused by cigarette smoke, is the leading cause of death in the U.S.

    Spiral Computed Tomography (CT) uses X-rays to scan the entire chest in 10-20 seconds with one single breath hold. Throughout the procedure, the patient must lie still and listen for the breathing instruction.  A CT scan provides a 3-D image of your lungs, while a chest X-ray will only produce a 2-D image of your lungs. A CT scan is more likely to spot a small tumor while it is still small and relatively susceptible to removal by surgery, boosting the chances of the patient’s survival. 

To learn more, pick up an outreach brochure at KCH’s all-digital Diagnostic Imaging Center, or call 837-4580 or toll free 1-800-565-9200, x4580 for information or appointment.

The new series of KCH Wellness Screens are performed with leading edge, all-digital technology at KCH's Diagnostic Imaging Center. Four modalities perform the screens. All screens are noninvasive and pain free.


Mammography -- Julie Laughner, RT (R) (M) (BD) (CT) pictured here in the mammography suite at the center is the lead tech at the Center. The Mammography wellness screen is available during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month which is in October.



Ultrasonography -- Brittany McElhattan, RDMS, pictured here in the ultrasound suite will perform the vascular screenings using ultrasound. These wellness screenings will be offered in April , August and December at the KCH Diagnostic Imaging Center.



CT -- KCH's 32-slice Spiral Computed Tomography (CT) uses X-rays to perform cardiac scoring (offered in February heart month) and lung screening (offered in November), two of the wellness screens being offered in the new wellness program.


Bone Density

Bone Density -- The full body, bone density wellness screen, offered in May is performed using this flat table technology.