The series of diagnostic scans you will receive at the Monterey Program for Executive Health have been carefully selected to be a part of the overall analysis of your health.
You will receive two ultrasounds during your executive physical. Ultrasound technology uses sound waves to create a picture of structures inside the body. It is a noninvasive test in which a handheld wand is passed lightly over the skin. Ultrasounds do not emit radiation; they use only sound waves to compile internal images.
- An abdominal ultrasound will be conducted to give us an image of the organs and other structures in the abdomen. This will allow us to evaluate the abdominal aorta and other blood vessels of the abdomen.
- A carotid ultrasound will be conducted to screen for any blockage or narrowing of the carotid arteries, a condition that substantially increases the risk of having a stroke.
Sometimes called a CAT Scan, this noninvasive test uses detailed imaging to help diagnose a variety of medical conditions throughout the body. A CT scan combines special X-ray equipment with sophisticated computers to produce multiple images of the inside of the body. These cross-sectional images can be examined and manipulated on a computer monitor to be studied in greater detail.
The CT scan is the only radiation exposure a patient will have during the entire executive physical. However, the amount of radiation exposure from the CT scan is equivalent to the background radiation a person is exposed to over a 6-month period of time by simply walking around in the world.