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Frequently Asked Questions:

Who should have a Full Body Scan?

I don't want to know if something is wrong. Won't the scan make me too nervous?

What type of scaner is used?

What about the radiation exposure?

How long does a scan take?

Do I need to fast?

Do I need a referral from my physician?

Is the scan covered by my insurance?

Is this the same scan that I saw on Oprah or in the newspapers?

What do I do with my test results?

What makes the Princeton Longevity Center's scans different from all the other scanning centers that I have seen or heard advertised?
 

Who should have a Full Body Scan?

Generally, men and women over 30 years of age. A family history of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, chest pain, smoking or a sedentary lifestyle can make the test especially important

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I don't want to know if something is wrong. Won't the scan make me too nervous?

Our experience has been that either your scan will show that you are fine and give you peace of mind or it will find a problem in the early stages when it is usually treatable. Almost all patients find that the results are simply a guide to better health. Most diseases uncovered before symptoms appear can be modified, reversed or cured. Most of us have friends or loved ones who sought medical help after symptoms appeared, only to find out it was too late, or required highly invasive, life-altering treatment.

If your scan shows that you are at risk for developing coronary artery disease, we can show you how simple changes or treatments can dramatically alter your risk and lessen the chances that you will have a heart attack. Avoiding a scan will not stop the disease. Knowing what simple steps you can take will make a big difference in the quality of the rest of your life.

Lung cancer, colon cancer and many other types of cancer may have much better treatment success rates if found early. This simple scan has saved countless lives already. And once your scan is done you might find that it was well worth if for the peace of mind that comes from knowing that nothing was found.

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What type of scanner is used?

Our scans are done with a Siemens Definition AS 64-Slice CT Scanner. This state of the art scanner provides very low radiation doses and exceptional detail, as small as 1/50th of an inch. The scans are also extremely fast, usually less than 10 seconds, so there is no need for prolonged breath-holds. The scanner is completely non-claustrophic.

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What about the radiation exposure?

Our screening scans use much less radiation than typical diagnostic CT scans and we work very hard to keep the dose to a minimum.   Although there has been a lot attention to the issue of radiation exposure in the media, the radiation doses involved in those studies are 2-10 times greater than we typically use for our screening scans. We believe that the potential benefit of early detection of cancer, cardiovascular or other diseases more than offsets the small potential risk of this level of radiation exposure.

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How long does a scan take?

The heart, lung or whole body scans take just a minute or two. Colonography scans will take a few minutes longer. We will spend some time explaining the procedure to you before the scan and go over the results with you afterwards. Altogether, you should plan on being at our center about 30-45 minutes.

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Do I need to fast?

No. There is no special preparation or fasting required for heart, lung or whole body scans.

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Do I need a referral from my physician?

No. While many physicians do refer their patients for these scans, we do not require physician referrals. However, we do encourage you to discuss the test with your physician. With your consent, we will send a copy of your results to your physician along with any recommendations for further treatment or testing.

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Is the scan covered by my insurance?

Most private insurance plans will not cover scans done for screening or prevention. In some cases, the coverage will depend on whether the test is done solely as a preventive screening test or to help your doctor make a decision about your treatment. 

We accept cash, checks and most major credit cards. Payment in full is expected at the time of service.

Medicare Beneficiaries please note: In general, Medicare does not cover preventive scan services. You will not be able to receive any reimbursement from Medicare for these services.

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Is this the same scan that I saw on Oprah or in the newspapers?

Yes. 64-Slice CT Scans have been prominently featured on many national talk shows and in numerous magazines and other publications.

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What do I do with my test results?

After your scan you will meet with one of our expert Board-Certified Physicians who will show you your scan and explain the significance of the results. You will also get a receive a final report by our radiologist. If you are referred by your physician, the radiologist's report will be sent to your physician and further management should be discussed with your doctor.

If you are not referred by a physician, the discussion of your scan results will include general guidelines for steps you can take to help lower your future health risks. Imaging studies and other medical tests may reveal findings that require additional evaluation or treatment. THe Princeton Longevity Center does not offer Primary Care or on-going medical management. All findings related to any tests performed at Princeton Longevity Center should be discussed by you with a Primary Care or Family Physician. If additional testing or treatment is warranted this must be arranged through your personal physician. A copy of your results will be sent to any physician you designate.

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What makes the Princeton Longevity Center's scans different from all the other scanning centers that I have seen or heard advertised?

For cardiac scans, the 64-Slice CT Scanner is the "gold standard." The Princeton Longevity Center is the region's leader in Cardiac Imaging and prevention. Our CT Angiography scans are reviewed by premier experts in cardiac imaging. No other cardiac imaging center in the area offers this level of expertise in the interpretation of your results.

The Princeton Longevity Center is the only scanning center in the region that goes beyond scanning. Our staff of expert physicians, nutritionists and exercise physiologists are available to show you how to take the next step.

After we explain your results to you in-depth, our comprehensive preventive medicine center can offer you the tools and resources you need to immediately start to take a proactive role in your health. We work with you and your family physician to design a plan that will quickly start to lower your risk of heart attack and many other life-threatening diseases.

Other scanning centers may be able to tell you if there is a problem. The Princeton Longevity Center will tell you what you can do about the problem and help you take the next step to a healthier future.

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