The importance of preventive health screenings is beyond question: they help physicians determine and mitigate risks long before the subtlest signs of chronic medical conditions manifest. This translates into being better capable of helping patients maintain their health and overall quality of life.
As the COVID-19 lingers on for more than a year since its onset, healthcare experts continue their relentless efforts to increase public awareness about the importance of preventive health screenings, which are especially recommended for unvaccinated individuals. Preventive health screening helps identify whether a person is asymptomatic or has no exposure to the virus at all. The results of screening tests help healthcare providers identify unknown cases and take all necessary measures to prevent or reduce the risk of transmission.
COVID-19 and Medical Imaging
Research shows that while COVID-19 can impact anyone at any age, older adults with chronic health conditions are more at risk of contracting the disease and its potentially serious complications. Thus, physicians utilize all screening tools at their disposal to determine whether patients may actually have COVID-19 and what complications they may have developed. One of the imaging exams that can supply the details a physician needs to devise an effective treatment plan is the chest CT scan.
A CT scan uses low-dose radiation X-rays to create detailed cross-sectional views of blood vessels, bones and organs, such as the lungs–a particular target of the novel coronavirus. Current research from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital states that CT scans on the lungs when done before symptoms develop, can help confirm a diagnosis.
With that information in hand, physicians and other healthcare providers can quickly implement treatments and more effectively get ahead of the infection and possible complications. Additionally, researchers recommend artificial intelligence models to increase the implementation of CT findings.
A Word from Experts
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic urge people of all ages to keep current on all routine vaccinations and preventive screening tests—all the more so during the COVID-19 pandemic. For many health conditions, early detection is crucial for administering prompt treatment, preventing potentially serious health complications, and ultimately improving both the length and the quality of life.
Preventive Health Screenings in The Bronx, NY
At Starling Diagnostics, the board-certified radiologists and certified technicians take all necessary measures to ensure the following preventive screening services are all performed within a hygienically safe environment:
- 3T MRI
- CT scans
- 3D mammography
- Digital X-rays
- DEXA bone scans
We also offer an extensive range of primary care services, including annual wellness exams, blood work, urine tests, and vaccinations as part of our foremost goal, which is to help patients effectively safeguard their health.
To learn more about our services or to arrange an appointment for a preventive health screening test, contact our friendly staff at (718) 319-1610. You may also fill out this convenient form to request an appointment, and our staff will contact you promptly.