Do you ever wish you could just have one test and see all at one time if there was anything wrong with you?
There is a test called “Whole-Body (CT) Screening” that takes a look at the body to see if there is anything wrong. The question is should you have one done?
What is CT imaging and what is it used for?
CT means Computerized Tomography and can also be referred to as CAT. This abbreviation stands for Computerized Axial Tomography. In either case it is a way to use X-Rays to look inside the body for disease and health problems.
What is whole-body screening?
A new use of this X-Ray treatment is called the whole-body CT screening. The promise is that disease will be found even when a person has no symptoms.
The possible danger of having a whole-body screening is that a person will be exposed to a large amount of radiation. Further the pictures may be too sensitive and show something that will scare a person for no reason and finally it can show something that is there but not a problem; since you had no symptoms you would not have gone through the worry.
A possible benefit of whole-body screening may be if a hidden illness or disease is found and there is treatment for it.
So, here is the million-dollar question: “Should I get a whole-body screening?”
Here is the million-dollar answer: “No.”
Our thinking may be that we want complete peace of mind about any possible disease with or without symptoms and what is the harm if we get one?
There are a number of reasons why we should not get a whole-body screening.
Our reference material lays out quite nicely the reasons why we should not get a whole-body screening.
“The FDA has never approved CT scans for screening the whole body when there are no symptoms or health problems.
There is no proof that that whole-body CT scans can find any health problems early enough for it to be treated or cured and finally, there is no proof that a CT scan can stop serious illness or early death.”
As I have written before in other medical articles fear motivates people to do many things all the way from using unproven drugs to taking unproven tests. Everybody is concerned with their mortality the older and older they get.
Sadly there are always people willing to play on that fear by offering those things that may be worthless.
“Whole-Body (CT) Screening,” Fact Sheet, 2007, FDA