The benefits of a full body check up

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When it comes to your health, knowledge is power. A full body check up gives you the unique opportunity to catch any abnormalities early and to take actionable steps to improve your overall health. Whether you have any underlying health concerns, or you simply want to take a proactive approach to your wellbeing, a full body check up is an ideal way to alleviate any worries and prevent potential health problems.

What is a full body check up?

As the name suggests, a full body check up is a comprehensive approach to assessing an individual’s health. Comprising of a detailed medical history, physical examination, an ECG, , detailed blood tests and extensive specific scanning techniques using modalities such as CT, MRI, ultrasound, mammogram, and EOS CT,  our Platinum package offers the most in-depth full body check up available in the UK and probably the world.

Prior to arrival, you’ll be asked to complete a thorough medical questionnaire. This enables us to tailor your assessment to your needs and identify any potential risk factors that may be applicable to you and areas of your health to which we should pay particular focus.

Echelon Health - full body check up London - Aquilion One CT Scanner
Our Aquillon One CT Scanner has a spatial resolution of 0.3mm and is an important part of your full body check up

On the day of your assessment, you’ll be greeted by a member of our dedicated team. Typically, blood tests and an ECG are carried out first. You’ll then be taken to our advanced imaging suite, where CT scans (if applicable) will be performed first, followed by MRI and ultrasound. All scans will be reviewed by specialist experienced radiologists who will flag up an abnormalities. In total there will be up to 7 consultants reviewing your scans with each reporting on their area of particular expertise.

A follow-up consultation will then be arranged so that your results can be discussed with you in a face-to-face appointment with one of our senior physicians.

Why is a full body check up important?

Preventative healthcare is critical if you want to live a long and healthy life. Although imaging is routinely used in healthcare environments like the NHS, diagnostic imaging  is generally  only carried out when patients are already experiencing symptoms. Sadly, the condition has likely to have progressed by the stage a patient is symptomatic, often making it harder to treat the condition.

By having a full body check up, we can identify potential issues before they develop into significant health issues. It’s estimated that our Platinum preventative health assessment is able to detect over 92% of the causes of early death at a point in time when something can be done. This figure is 96% in women. By identifying these issues before you are experiencing symptoms, for example, they can be treated with a significantly higher success rate.

Furthermore, conditions detected in their earlier stages can often be effectively treated using minimally invasive procedures. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the U.S. maintains, ‘it is far better to prevent disease than to treat people after they get sick’. Despite this, according to the U.S. Institute of Medicine too few healthcare systems are able to deliver effective preventative screening. The image below depicts some of the conditions we detect for. To see more, visit the Body Map on our website by clicking here.

the body map - Full body check up - echelon health
A full body check up detects for many different diseases and conditions.

What does a full body check up cover?

As our most comprehensive screening option, a Platinum Health Assessment assesses a numerous parameters. Some scans are more focused such as an MRI carotid artery angiogram or mammogram (for women), others cover larger areas of the body, such as the bone density CT or CT o the pelvis.

To ensure a thorough assessment is undertaken, more than one screening or test may be carried out on one area of the body. When assessing heart health, for example, a full body check up includes an ECG, CT aorta, CT chest, CT coronary artery calcium scan, CT coronary angiogram, as well as blood tests relevant to the heart.

Why are different imaging modalities used?

In order to carry out a comprehensive assessment, various scanning techniques must be used. This is because different imaging modalities are superior at detecting different conditions. For example, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner is ideally suited for capturing images of the brain, spine and bones. However, it cannot visualise the inside of the heart arteries or the lungs, for which a CT scanner is far more effective and accurate. For further detail into the differences between different scanning technologies, click here.

Not only do we use a range of medical imaging techniques, but the machines used are state of the art and objectively far superior to those typically used by the NHS. For example, the Aquilion ONE CT scanner used here at Echelon Health is very advanced and can image lung nodules as small as 1-2mm in size. We also have access to a 3 Tesla MRI machine, whilst the NHS usually uses less powerful 1.5 Tesla MRI machines; this lends itself to higher resolution and better accuracy for disease detection.

Similarly, our Canon Aplio ultrasound scanner has its own unique benefits. Often used to record images of the thyroid gland, testes, ovaries and blood vessels in the neck, the advanced ultrasound scanner offers exceptional clarity. If any abnormalities are identified in either CT or MRI imaging, a further ultrasound may be used to confirm or clarify these results.

Another form of imaging used at Echelon Health is our EOS scanner. Using Nobel Prize-winning ultrasensitive detector technology to deliver outstanding imagery of the entire skeleton, this unique equipment allows the skeleton to be recreated and is fantastic for assessing bone rotation,  joint alignment, postural assessment and spine alignment, whilst the patient is in a standing position. With only three of these scanners in use in the UK, we’re proud to offer EOS imaging as part of your full body check up.

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EOS scanners are very sophisticated machines and only three other centres in the UK have this technology.

What if abnormalities are detected?

One of the main purposes of a preventative full body check up is to identify potential abnormalities as early as possible. This ensures that disease can be treated before it progresses and that the treatment, if needed, will be as minimally invasive as possible. Of course, we completely understand that the presence of any abnormality can cause worry or distress, which is why we’re on hand to provide the help you need.

As a preventative healthcare provider, Echelon Health focuses on disease detection rather than treatment. However, following your final consultation, if necessary we will be happy to refer you to a relevant specialist consultant or clinician, ensuring minimal waiting time. Our ‘little black book’ of consultants are all renowned in their respective fields and on the cutting-edge of the latest treatments. Alternatively, you may prefer to take your imaging results to your existing GP or primary health provider for further referrals and we will be happy to assist with this.

Contact Echelon Health for a full body check up

We’re on hand to answer any questions you may have, so please don’t hesitate to discuss any queries or concerns with us. To learn more about our Health Assessment packages, contact a member of our client liaison team today on 020 7580 7688 or email info@echelon.health to find out more.

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Sources

  1. CDC – Healthcare Industry Insights: Why the use of preventative services is still low
  2. US Institute of Medicine – The Healthcare Imperative. 2010