January 6, 2014

Wellness exams can provide peace of mind in the new year


LEWISBURG, Tenn. — Many people use the start of a new year to make plans for monitoring their health more closely. In addition to scheduling a yearly wellness exam with your primary care provider, screenings for cancer, gallstones, kidney stones and heart disease can be a beneficial part of the overall management of your health and wellness.

Marshall Medical Center (MMC) offers a number of wellness screenings, which do not require a physician’s order. According to Imaging Director Christa Crawford, wellness screenings are conducted using state-of-the-art technology, such as ultrasound and computed tomography (CT).

“Wellness screenings can help to reveal issues that have not yet caused symptoms,” said Crawford. “In most cases; however, these screenings provide peace of mind to individuals who want to monitor their overall health.”

Vascular screenings use ultrasound technology and can detect blockages in the circulatory system. These screenings can help to reveal peripheral artery disease, stroke and abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Organ screenings also use ultrasound technology. These screenings search for stones or abnormal growths—such as cancer—in the gallbladder, kidney, liver, pancreas and thyroid.

CT screenings can scan the lungs, abdominal area and pelvic area for abnormal issues. CT screenings are offered to individuals who are age 50 and older.

Wellness screenings are designed for individuals who do not have symptoms and who have not been diagnosed with disease. Most insurance providers do not cover the cost of screening exams; therefore, payment should be made at the time of service.

Studies are interpreted by board-certified radiologists and the results are provided to the patient to share with their primary care physician.

For information about wellness screenings offered at MMC, call 270.3670.