Wellness Scan: FSA Eligibility
What is a wellness scan?
A wellness scan is a milder form of computerized tomography (CT) scanning to take cross-section views, or slices of the body in order to find signs of medical problems such as tumors, aneurysms, kidney stones, blockages or damage to arteries. It is a non-invasive, painless procedure that involves using low-dose x-rays to screen the body from the brain to the pelvis for various diseases. Using this technology, health centers can provide you with a clearer synopsis of your health status, and accurate detection of various cancers and diseases before symptoms occur (Virginia Hospital Center).
What should I expect in the procedure?
The full process will take about 30 minutes although the actual scan itself is only about 15 minutes. No referral from a health professional is required and often it is as simple as scheduling an appointment, then registering through the Radiology Department at your hospital. Before the scan begins, you will be asked to drink eight ounces of fluid, and that is the only preparation needed to conduct the scan. During the scan, you will be asked to lie on your back in an open-ring CT scanner.
What happens after the scan?
After getting the results back, you can discuss them with one of the certified radiologists. They will provide explanations on the images, relay any findings, and answer any questions you may have. If they discover any abnormalities, they will be sure to address these and talk about next steps.
Why should I get a wellness scan?
While the wellness scan is not designed to diagnose disease in a patient who is already experiencing symptoms, it's a simple, quick, and painless procedure that screens for the presence of potential problems before they become severe. Those over the age of 35 or who may be at higher risk of certain diseases - coronary artery disease, gall bladder and kidney diseases, ovarian and lung cancer, and more - should highly consider getting a scan. It can help these patients receive treatment when it is most effective, minimizing complications and costs.