Why are periodic health assessments important?
Heart disease, stroke and cancer are still the leading causes of death in many countries including Malaysia. Many diseases have no warning signs and symptoms, particularly in the early stages.Looking for risk factors and early detection of diseases may enable appropriate intervention to prevent complications and improve survival.
What does periodic health assessment involve?
Periodic health assessment involves evaluation of a person’s risk for disease by means of history, physical examination and appropriate diagnostic investigations.These investigations may include laboratory investigations, diagnostic imaging, exercise stress test, endoscopy etc.
Do I need any preparations prior to these health assessments?
Certain investigations require you to fast for at least 6 hours. Small amounts of water may be allowed in all investigations with the exception of upper endoscopy. Virtual and fiberoptic colonoscopy will require 2 days of bowel preparation.Please refer to the individual health plans on our website for specific preparations.
How long do these investigations take?
The duration of each examination varies. Listed below are approximates, including preparation time. The actual scanning time is in brackets:* Coronary calcium score 10 min (5 sec)
* Coronary CT angiography 30-60 min depending on heart rate ( 5-10 sec)
* Virtual colonoscopy 30 min (10 sec)
* MDCT lung 10 min (< 5 sec)
When will my investigation results be ready?
Most results should be ready latest by the end of the day.Written reports, together with scan images will be provided to you. Either the in house physician or your own referring physician will discuss the results with you.
Do I need a referral for these health assessments?
What is Lightspeed Volume Computed Tomography (VCT)?
How is a computed tomography (CT) scan done?
A CT scan involves lying on the CT couch, holding your breath and remaining still for a short interval while images are being acquired.For descriptions of the individual scans, please refer to the health plans on our website
Should I be worried about radiation exposure?
As with other medical procedures, x-rays are safe when used with care. Radiologists and x-ray technologists have been trained to use the minimum amount of radiation necessary to obtain the needed results. Properly conducted imaging carries minimal risks and should be performed when clinically indicated. The amount of radiation used in most examinations is very small and the benefits greatly outweigh the risk of harm.X-rays are produced only when a switch is momentarily turned on. As with visible light, no radiation remains after the switch is turned off.