Health Screening Ultrasound
Thousand Oaks Radiology uses advanced technology to provide preventative care diagnostic screening. Our goal is to provide early detection of potential life threatening health problems so that if needed, immediate testing and treatment can be done by your primary care physician.
Our staff are highly trained sonographers (a radiological technician who specializes in the field of ultrasound), will perform your Health Screening Ultrasound and one of our experienced radiologists (a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disease and injury by using medical imaging technologies), will review the results with you. In addition, your physician will receive a full report of the exam.
Using the technology of Ultrasound imaging and no radiation whatsoever, we evaluate your complete abdomen and aorta, carotid arteries, pelvis (women), which can diagnose cysts, aneurysms, atherosclerosis plaques, masses and identify possible other abnormalities.
This screening is not meant to replace your annual or follow up visit with your physician. The screening results will vary based upon the patients’ health and social habits.
- Complete abdomen screening – screens the liver, pancreas, kidneys, gall bladder and abdominal aorta.
- Pelvis for women – provides an assessment of the ovaries and uterus. A vaginal probe is used for completeness.
- Cartoid artery screening – identifies the buildup of atherosclerosis plaque.
Atherosclerosis (Plaque) is a disease in which plaque builds up inside your arteries. Arteries are blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood to your heart and other parts of your body.
Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other substances found in the blood. Over time, plaque hardens and narrows your arteries. This limits the flow of oxygen-rich blood to your organs and other parts of your body.
Atherosclerosis can lead to serious problems, including heart attack, stroke or even death.
AAA (Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm) – The aorta is the main blood vessel that supplies blood to the abdomen, pelvis, and legs. An abdominal aortic aneurysm occurs when an area of the aorta becomes very large or balloons out. If it ruptures, it can be life-threatening.
The exact cause of an aneurysm is unknown. It occurs due to weakness in the wall of the artery. Factors that can increase your risk of having the problem include:
- High blood pressure
- Male gender
- Genetic factors
How do I prepare?
Wear comfortable loose fitting clothing for your exam. You may be asked to wear a gown and remove jewelry.
You should not eat or drink for 6 hours prior to your exam. We request that you check in 30 minutes prior to your appointment to complete health screening forms.
What can I expect during the screening?
The Health screening ultrasound is completely painless and takes approximately 90 minutes.
Upon completion the sonographer will review all the images with our radiologist and you will be asked to wait a few minutes so the results can be reviewed with you.
Is this covered by my insurance?
The Health Screening Ultrasound is considered an elective service and therefore is not covered by your insurance. You are able to self refer for this screening; (no physician order is required). The cost is $290.00 and is due at the time of service.
Please visit www.Radiologyinfo.org for detailed information on the areas of the body that are included in our Health Screening Ultrasound. When you are at the site, start by searching “Ultrasound.”