Full-body scans or scams?

One of the latest medical craze that is popping up all over the country is- full-body scans.   The promoters promise peace of mind to the worried, and you don’t even need a physician’s referral.

Neither the FDA nor the American College of Radiology endorses the full-body tests.  The main concern centers on the lack of data showing the effectiveness of the scans, the risk for patients when follow-up exams chase false-positives, and the radiation exposure. 

The radiation from one body scan alone is equal to about 150 chest X-rays. 

The scans can also generate unnecessary concern over abnormalities with little medical significance, leading to expensive and anxiety-provoking follow-up testing.    

Unless it is indicated, I strongly recommend to my patients that they avoid this scam.  

Terry Pfau DO, HMD

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