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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.

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CT Screening Services

The Pueblo Radiology whole body CT scan is a personalized scan that can detect the presence of many common forms of cancer in their early stages, so that a patient and their physician can take the necessary actions for early intervention. These studies, while extraordinary in the amount of information generated, must be evaluated based on your age and the associated radiation dose, as well as with the patient’s entire heath care picture in mind.

Pueblo Radiology uses the Siemens Perspective 64 CT scanner. Newly installed in September 2014, this 64 slice scanner provides high speed, very low dose, and superior image quality. The image quality of this scanner allows our radiologists to see fine anatomical details that could not be seen previously without surgery. The actual scan is performed in less than one minute and consists of scans through the lungs and the organs of the abdomen and pelvis. Our board certified radiologists look for signs of possible heart disease, lung disease, aortic aneurysms, and tumors (cancer) in the chest, abdomen, and pelvis. They also check for non-life-threatening conditions including gallbladder and kidney stones, and degenerative disease of the spine.

This whole body scan is designed for people with no medical complaints, and who make a personal choice with their physician to undergo a screening exam. While a whole body scan may not be appropriate for you, portions of the examination, such as cardiac calcium scoring or lung nodule detection can be very valuable. Regular evaluations by your personal physician remain the cornerstone of your medical care. Be sure to call us or ask your doctor about screening CT services at Pueblo Radiology.

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 Colonography

The risk of intestinal cancer currently ranks as the second most common form of lethal carcinoma. The main risk of developing intestinal cancer results from polyps located in the large intestine, which may eventually grow to become malignant tumors. Intestinal cancer testing is recommended in patients over 50 years of age. If the polyps are identified in time and removed while in a benign state, you may be able to prevent their development into a cancerous condition. The “gold standard” to visualize colon polyps is still the colonoscopic examination, however, an increasing number of articles are touting the use of CT colonography. By comparison, a CT examination is much less complicated and relatively painless for visualizing clinically significant polyps.

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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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CT Total Body Scan

Full Body CT screening examinations offer physicians a “quick look” at the internal anatomy from the neck through the pelvis, providing views of soft tissues in the neck, and visualizing the lungs, heart and abdominal organs such as the liver, spleen, pancreas and kidneys. Full Body CT screening is used as a preventive or pro-active healthcare measure for healthy individuals who have no symptoms or suspicion of disease. With Full Body CT screening, disease or abnormalities may be detected early in their development.

The following disabling or life-threatening diseases may be detected before you are experiencing any symptoms: Aneurysms, Cancer, Gall Stones, Ovarian Disease, Prostate Disease, Heart Disease and Vascular Disease.

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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