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Complete Physical Exam FAQs

Body Scan (No Radiation) FAQs

Body Scan CT FAQs

Patient Preparation FAQs



Complete Physical Exam FAQs


Can you do the complete physical exam in one appointment?

We recommend two appointments to ensure that the results of tests done on the First appointment are available at the Second appointment. The First appointment includes medical history review, blood tests, urinalysis and a twelve lead electrocardiogram (EKG).The Second appointment includes Blood Pressure check, physician consultation and review of all test results from first appointment.

How long is each appointment?

The first part of the physical is approximately 1 hour. You should allow 1 to 1 1/2 hours for the second appointment.

Can I have copies of my test results?

Yes. We will give you copies of your blood tests, urinalysis and EKG tests after your physician consultation.

How are Blood tests done?

During a blood test, blood is usually drawn from a vein in your arm or other part of your body using a needle. It can also be drawn using a finger prick. Drawing blood usually takes less than 3 minutes. Once the needle is withdrawn, you'll be asked to apply gentle pressure with a piece of gauze or bandage to the place where the needle was inserted. This helps stop bleeding. Most often, you can remove the pressure after a minute or two. The main risks of blood tests are discomfort or bruising at the site where the needle goes in. These complications usually are minor and go away shortly after the tests are done.

Do you have other locations?

Arlington Heights is currently our only location.

What does an EKG (12-Lead Electrocardiogram) show?

An EKG identifies previously undetected damage to the heart, electrical conduction abnormalities and other cardiac irregularities.

What kind of tests do you do for cancer detection?

Some blood tests included in the Complete Physical Exam can detect certain types of cancer (CBC, PSA, CA125). More advanced tests are also available, but these are not included in the Complete Physical Exam. These tests include specialized blood tests, x-rays, Ultrasound, CT scans and more.

Is a Cardiac Exercise stress test included?

Exercise Stress tests are available at Cardio-Med, Ltd. but not included in the Complete Physical Exam. There are different types of stress tests. Our medical staff will be happy to explain the details & can advise you about the appropriate type of stress test suited for you.

Is a Chest X-Ray included?

Chest X-Ray is available, but not included.

What kind of Colon tests do you do?

We offer a hemoccult test for microscopic blood in the stool,(included with the Complete Physical Exam) which is a screening test for colon or rectal cancer. We will give you instructions to complete a sample at your convenience from your home.

How is what you offer different from what I can do at my regular doctor's office?

A doctor's order is not required at Cardio-Med, Ltd. Patients need not go to the hospital. All medical tests are done in our facility.

Does insurance cover the Complete Physical Exam?

Insurance coverage varies among different companies and policies. Your insurance may or may not cover routine examinations. One of our patient account representatives will be happy to assist you in determining your insurance coverage and submitting your claim.

What forms of payment do you accept?

For your convenience, we accept cash or personal checks and the following credit cards: American Express, Discover, Master Card and Visa.


Body Scan (No Radiation) FAQs


What is a Body Scan (No Radiation?

The Body Scan (No Radiation) is a scan of various organs using advanced Ultrasound Technology. The scan can help in early detection in individuals with risk factors and/or a family history of cancer and many other diseases..

Who should have Body Scan (No Radiation)?

Men, 35 and older, and women, 40 and older, are candidates for screening Body Scan (No Radiation). Younger individuals may also have scans, if there are significant risk factors such as:
  • Family history of cancer
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • History of tobacco or alcohol use
  • Obesity
  • Vascular disease

How do Body Scan (No Radiation) differ from Body Scan CT?

Unlike CT Scan, the Imaging is done with Ultrasound technology. There is no radiation involved. Body Scan (No Radiation) has the ability to image soft tissues and blood vessels. This capability can image organs such as Kidneys, Liver, Pancreas and Thyroid, among others. Body Scan (No Radiation) can help diagnose cancers, tumors, and a host of other diseases.

What happens during a Body Scan (No Radiation)?

You will change into a gown before laying down on a table. The highly trained technologist will apply a probe on your skin to image the organs using high frequecy Ultrasound waves.The procedure is painless. The actual scanning can take 30 to 45 minutes. You may notice some sounds during the imaging. Our staff may ask you to hold your breath intermittently for a few seconds.

Are there any side effects or risks to a Body Scan (No Radiation)?

There are no side effects or risks involved.

Can I have a Body Scan (No Radiation) in one appointment?

Yes. The results can be mailed to you.

How long is the appointment?

We request you to allow approximately one hour.

Can I have copies of my test results?

Yes. The results will be mailed to you.

Does insurance cover Body Scan (No Radiation)?

Insurance coverage varies among different companies and policies. Your insurance may or may not cover Body Scan (No Radiation). One of our patient account representatives will be happy to assist you in determining your insurance coverage and submitting your claim.

What forms of payment do you accept?

For your convenience, we accept cash or personal checks and the following credit cards: American Express, Discover, Master Card and Visa.




Body Scan CT FAQs


What is a CT(CAT) scan?

CT stands for "computed tomography" - a type of diagnostic test that combines x-ray and computer technology to provide 2D and 3D views of soft tissue, bones and blood vessels.

Who should have body CT scans?

Men, 35 and older, and women, 40 and older, are candidates for screening CT Body scans. Younger individuals may also have scans, if there are significant risk factors such as:
  • Family history of heart disease or cancer
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • History of tobacco or alcohol use
  • Obesity
  • Vascular disease

How do CT scans differ from other diagnostic tests?

Unlike X-Rays, CT has the ability to image a combination of soft tissue, bone and blood vessels. This capability proves very useful in evaluating the chest and the abdomen, making the modality a preferred method for diagnosing cancers such as lung, liver and pancreatic, among others. We can view any part of the body with CT. Our radiologists interpret the 2-Dimensional cross-sectional images that represent slices of the patient's body. 3D reconstruction is also done. CT can help diagnose cancers, tumors, and a host of other diseases and injuries.

What happens during a CT scan?

You will change into a gown before laying down on a table, which then slowly moves through the large opening of the CT scanner. The procedure is painless and completed within minutes. The actual scanning takes just seconds as you lay on a slowly moving table. You may notice a humming noise, which is the sound of the x-ray tube rotating in the gantry surrounding you. During the scanning, our staff will ask you to hold your breath for a few seconds.

Are there any side effects or risks to a CT Scan?

The benefit of an accurate diagnosis far outweighs any risk. The test does use x-rays. If there is any chance, you are pregnant or nursing, you should NOT have a CT scan.

What is a "Heart Scan"(CT calcium score, coronary artery calcification scoring (CACS))?

Calcium scoring is a new non-invasive tool to test for coronary artery disease. This 5-minute exam uses CT scans to look for calcium deposits in the coronary arteries. Calcium is a component of arterial plaque, the fatty build up that causes atherosclerosis by sticking to artery walls. When this plaque constricts blood flow, it leads to heart attacks.

Can I have a CT exam in one appointment?

Yes. The results can be mailed to you.

How long is the appointment?

We request you to allow approximately one hour.

Can I have copies of my test results?

Yes. The results will be mailed to you.

Does insurance cover CT body scans?

Insurance coverage varies among different companies and policies. Your insurance may or may not cover heart and body scans. One of our patient account representatives will be happy to assist you in determining your insurance coverage and submitting your claim.

What forms of payment do you accept?

For your convenience, we accept cash or personal checks and the following credit cards: American Express, Discover, Master Card and Visa.




Patient Preparation FAQs


Complete Physical Exam (scheduled in two appointments)

  • First appointment (allow approximately 1 hour): For optimal results you are instructed not to eat any food for twelve hours before the test. However, you may drink a small quantity of water.
  • Second appointment (allow approximately 1 to 1 � hours): No special preparation is needed.

Body Scan (No Radiation) preparation instructions

For optimal imaging, you will be asked to fast for 8 hours before the test. Prior to the procedure you will be requested to change into a gown .

Body Scan (Screening CT Scan) preparation instructions

No preparation is required. For the most accurate images, patient will have to change into a gown and remove jewelry or watches for the procedure. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not undergo any CT x-ray procedures.