Whole Body Scan
Whole body scan has become the new medical trend, wherein it allows a transparent view of the body. It is CT scanning the whole body from chin to below the hip, which involves multiple X-ray cross sectional images.
Apollo Hospitals provides a ‘Future Check’ which involves elicitation of a detailed medical history, including information on current health status, present complaints, past medical history, family history, lifestyle, habits, stress levels etc. It also includes assessment of sexual health and the ageing process, vaccination history, cancer screening etc.
One should go for a full body scan only when recommended by a doctor. It is usually suggested in cases where the basic diagnostic reports are not enough to diagnose a particular disease. It can also be suggested after accidents or severe physical trauma to ensure if there is any internal bleeding.
Following are few of the cases when a whole body scan is suggested:
- If you have a family history of any kind of cancer
- If you have a family history of any type of heart disease or lung disease
- If you have smoked for a considerable period of time, and you are falling ill
- Sudden weight loss or weight gain
Is it harmful?
This diagnostic approach involves relatively high radiation exposure when compared to other procedures, thus it should not be frequently done.
It is not recommended for pregnant woman, as the exposure to the radiation can be harmful for the unborn child.