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How a whole body scan can protect your health

Key takeaways:

  • An MRI scan can check for abnormalities throughout the body.
  • For high-risk patients, a special type of CT scan can decrease the likelihood you’ll die from lung cancer.
  • Mammograms are completely covered by most insurance plans.
  • Low prices, payment options, and financing may help you reach your preventive health goals.

A whole body scan is quick, comprehensive, and convenient. Compared to other providers in the industry, it’s inexpensive. But the real reason to get a whole body scan is the peace of mind that comes from knowing you just checked up to 13 organs to check for hundreds of diseases like cancer. 

Have questions? Learn all about the Ezra Full Body and the Full Body Plus from what they include to what to expect. And if you’re not an expert by the end, you can ask us anything. 

What is a whole body scan?

An Ezra Full Body is a whole body scan defined as a scan of up to 13 organs in your body using an MRI. An Ezra Full Body Plus includes up to 13 organs covered by the Full Body as well as a low-dose CT scan of the chest and a coronary calcium scoring. An Ezra Medical Provider can help you choose the appropriate Ezra Scan for you to get a look inside your body. Here’s a look at each product offered at Ezra. 

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Advanced technology, fewer risk factors, and highly detailed images are a few reasons an MRI is used for cancer screening. 

At Ezra, we offer the Ezra Full Body and the Ezra Full Body Plus. The Ezra Full Body is an MRI service that is designed to screen up to 13 organs for cancer and pre-cancer warning signs. The Full Body Plus also scans the lungs and heart. 

An MRI differs from other radiology procedures because it doesn’t expose you to harmful ionizing radiation. Instead, it uses a magnetic field and radio waves to measure the water content in your tissues. Computers use the data gathered to create 2D images. Technicians, viewing the scan in real-time, may make adjustments to your position as needed to ensure the highest quality results.

While the magnets used in MRI machines are harmless to the human body, an MRI scan may not be the best choice if you have:

  • Implanted metal, including some types of medical devices, dental implants, fixed dental appliances.
  • Non-removable metal body modification.
  • Some tattoos and permanent makeup.
  • Metal foreign bodies (ei, shrapnel).

If you’re unsure whether you have one of these, let your technician or your care advisor know as soon as possible. 

Low dose computed tomography (LDCT) 

whole body scan: smiling bearded old man

A low-dose CT (“LDCT”) is the preferred scan for patients with risk factors for lung cancer and residual damage from lung infections like COVID-19.

Currently, United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends yearly LDCT scans for people ages 50 to 80 who have smoked the equivalent of one pack of cigarettes per day for 20 years. If you currently smoke or have become a non-smoker within the past 15 years, your Ezra clinician may recommend that your scan includes an LDCT of the chest.

An LDCT helps in a couple of ways: 

  1. It limits the amount of radiation exposure in a population already at a higher risk for developing lung cancer.
  2. LDCT uses a technique called helical or spiral CT that takes more X-Ray images over a smaller area, allowing radiologists to spot early stage cancer.

Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States, but it kills more people each year than any other. Like all cancer, early detection is key to survival. However, because the early symptoms of lung cancer may be silent, only 17% of lung cancer gets diagnosed before it has spread. 

But even if you are not high risk, an LDCT of the chest, which is offered in Ezra’s Full Body Plus, is a good method of screening for lung cancer. As Thoracic Surgeon and Medical Director of The Lung Institute, Dr. Robert Caccavale points out in Conquer magazine, “15% of new lung cancer occurs in patients who’ve never smoked.” Like Ezra, he believes everyone should have the CT screening, regardless of if they meet USPSTF criteria. “There is no reason someone cannot get an out-of-pocket scan.” 

Mammogram 

All women of a certain age considering a yearly full body scan should also get a mammogram. A report published in 2019 explains that the mammogram has prevented over half of a million deaths from breast cancer over the last 30 years. 

The report also details the unfortunate facts that for years, despite availability and effectiveness, lack of access due to cost was the main reason more lives weren’t saved. 

Did you know that insurance covers the cost of most mammograms? And even if you don’t have coverage, we offer our mammograms at an affordable cost. We also have premier access to booking appointments at our partner imaging facilities, allowing you to schedule a mammogram as early as this week. 

3D mammogram

The Ezra Mammogram uses state-of-the-art 3D technology to provide the most advanced breast cancer screening method available today. It’s fast too — from screening to completion, the entire process takes less than half an hour, and results are ready in about 48 hours. 

Who should have a whole body scan?

The primary goal of preventive medicine is knowing you’re well. The secondary goal is to catch the disease at the earliest possible time. A whole body scan is for people just like you: 

  • Healthy people
  • People with family history
  • People whose lifestyles put them at risk

What whole body scan images look for.

Using visual inspection aided by advanced AI software, radiologists can distinguish benign abnormalities like dense tissue from more suspicious nodules and lesions. Currently, the Ezra Full Body Scan is designed to screen for potential cancer and early disease in these organs:

  • Brain
  • Kidney
  • Spine
  • Adrenal glands
  • Thyroid
  • Bladder
  • Gallbladder
  • Ovaries
  • Pancreas
  • Uterus
  • Spleen
  • Prostate
  • Liver

The Full Body Plus includes all the organs above plus:

  • Lungs
  • Heart

What to expect before and during your Ezra Scan.

doctor assisting a patient to undergo an MRI scan

Whether you are opting for the Ezra Full Body or Full Body Plus, your experience will be fast, safe, and affordable. Plus, no matter where you get your scan you’ll enjoy all of the special touches that create the comfortable experience Ezra is known for. 

On the day of your Ezra Scan, you’ll slip into a set of soft Ezra PJs and can communicate with the technician at any time during your MRI scan. You may have the option to get scanned while listening to your favorite Spotify playlist or binge your favorite podcast. An hour later, with your entire body scan in your rearview mirror, you’ll be on your way to greater peace of mind.

Make an Ezra Scan part of your preventive medicine routine.

Prevention starts when you’re healthy. 

Ezra makes it easy to book regular, preventative scans. That way, you can rest easy knowing you’re being proactive about your health.