Colitis is a chronic digestive disease characterized by inflammation of the inner lining of the colon (large intestine). Infection, poor blood supply and parasites are a few of the potential causes of this inflammation. The most common symptoms experienced include abdominal pain, cramping, diarrhea, fever and fatigue. Because of the variance in these symptoms, treatment will largely depend on the source of the inflammation.
A virtual colonoscopy, also known as CT colonography, is a procedure used to detect abnormalities found in the colon such as bleeding, diverticulosis or colon cancer. It’s also used to locate polyps and growths of tissue on the inside lining that may be precancerous.
The best way to prevent heart disease is by understanding its symptoms and managing your level of risk. Monitoring factors like blood pressure and cholesterol can help determine if you need to make any lifestyle modifications or seek treatment for potential heart conditions.
Heart disease is a result of damage to the arteries from plaque and inflammation. Plaque deposits in and on the walls of coronary arteries, restricting oxygen-rich blood to the muscles of the heart. A CT heart scan is used to capture images of the heart, enabling doctors to detect calcium-containing plaque in the arteries.
Sharp chest pain is one of the most common reasons people go to the emergency room in the United States. In fact, it accounts for more than 8 million visits a year. Most people that visit the hospital for chest pain aren’t experiencing a full-blown heart attack – but suffering from heart disease.
According to the American Cancer Society, most lung cancers don’t cause symptoms until they’ve spread, but some people do experience them in the early stages. If you notice these warning signs and schedule a lung scan, you may be able to diagnose cancer when treatment is likely to be more effective.
In 2018, there were approximately 234,030 new cases of lung cancer and about 154,050 deaths. Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of death for both men and women and the United States.
The good news is early detection, by low-dose CT screening, can decrease lung cancer mortality by 14 to 20 percent among high-risk populations, according to the American Lung Association.
And it’s not just one lung scan, but regular screening over the years to ensure you can receive prompt treatment if cancer ever develops.