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Pueblo Radiology offers an array of screenings tests using mammography, ultrasound, and CT scanning. Our screening exams are performed so that we can detect the presence of many common forms of cancer and disease in their early stages, so that a patient and their physician can take the necessary actions for early intervention. As opposed to the “street corner” parking lot mobile operations that provide a similar service, we only work with a physician referral.

We believe that screening imaging studies should be part of a physician-guided comprehensive well-person evaluation, therefore, we strongly urge you to seek the guidance of your physician. In this way, your testing can be tailored to your specific concern, and other important testing, like lab tests, can also be performed.

CT Cardiac Calcium Scoring

  • To assess your risk for heart disease, ask your family doctor about undergoing a screening cardiac calcium CT examination. Such an examination can not only tell you more about the calcium load in your coronary arteries (a known predictor for the risk of having a heart attack), but also is an indicator for the presence of cardiac blood vessel lesions called “plaques”. Plaques cause narrowing in these arteries, reducing blood supply to the heart muscle, which may lead to a heart attack. Only early diagnosis can ensure timely action to reduce the risk factors and initiate treatment, if necessary, to help prevent the onset of significant heart disease.

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CT Lung Screening (Low Dose)

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) in adults aged 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years. Screening should be discontinued once a person has not smoked for 15 years or develops a health problem that substantially limits life expectancy or the ability or willingness to have curative lung surgery. 

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Screening Vascular Ultrasounds

Vascular disease is among the leading causes of death in the United States, yet is generally asymptomatic until a catastrophic event occurs, such as a heart attack, stroke or aneurysm rupture. Pueblo Radiology offers preventive vascular screening ultrasound to bring legitimacy and medical integrity to the “parking lot” screening exams commonly seen in many communities.

Pueblo Radiology’s vascular screening cover three important areas:

1. Carotid arteries (neck) – to access stroke risk

2. Aorta (abdomen) – to detect the presence of aortic aneurysm

3. Blood pressure assessment of the lower extremities to identify PAD (1) and risk of heart disease

Together, this three-part assessment can be an important element in determining risk of vascular disease in general, implying relative risk in areas that are more difficult to “see”, such as the heart (coronary arteries).

Individuals 55 years of age or older with any of the following cardiovascular risk factors may benefit from preventive screening for vascular disease:

  • Diabetes mellitus
  • History of hypertension
  • Hypercholesterolemia
  • Known cardiovascular disease
  • Smoking

Noninvasive screening examinations have proven to be accurate in detecting vascular disease prior to active warning signs and before a major medical incident such as stroke or sudden death from aneurysm rupture. With the baby boomer population aging and Americans 60 years old expected to reach nearly 76 million by 2020 (5), raising public awareness about vascular disease and screening becomes critical.

5. American Stroke Association, 2010

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