Brain Scan

Brain scans can be beneficial in detecting various diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and brain tumors.

A doctor's referral is needed in order to perform a brain scan. Please share any concerns about your brain’s health with your doctor and discuss the best testing methods to determine if your concerns are founded.

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Brain Cancer

What is Brain Cancer
Brain tumors are the result of an abnormal growth of cells in the brain. While these growths are generally called tumors, not all brain tumors are cancerous.

A cancerous tumor is a malignant tumor that can grow and spread aggressively. This growth overpowers healthy cells by taking their space, blood, and nutrients. Malignant tumors can also spread to distant parts of the body.

Tumors that do not invade nearby tissue or spread are benign and are generally less serious than malignant tumors. However, benign tumors can still cause problems in the brain by pressing on nearby tissue.

In the U.S. brain or nervous system, tumors affect about 6 of every 1,000 people.

There are over 120 different types of brain cancer. If you think you could be at risk, visit with your doctor and discuss if a CT Brain scan is the right option for you.

Risk Factors for Brain Cancer

  • Risk increases with age and occurs more in 50+
  • Compromised immune system
  • Family history
  • Chemical exposure
  • Radiation treatment

Symptoms of Brain Cancer

The symptoms of brain cancer are numerous and not specific to brain tumors; they can be caused by other illnesses.

  • Headache
  • Weakness
  • Clumsiness
  • Difficulty walking
  • Seizures
  • Altered mental status – concentration, memory, attention, alertness
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Abnormalities in vision
  • Difficulty in speech
  • Gradual change in intellectual capacity or emotional response

The GE Optima CT brain scan at Advanced Body Scan is the single most effective technology available to simply and non-invasively detect signs of brain cancer.

Discuss with your doctor and call Advanced Body Scan to begin your journey to a healthier, happier you (405) 242-1400.

Alzheimer’s

What is Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and contrary to some belief, it is not a normal part of aging. It is a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. It accounts for 60-80 percent of dementia cases.

Alzheimer's worsens over time as a progressive disease. In its early stages, memory loss is mild, but with late-stage Alzheimer's individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment.

This disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. On average, those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s live an average of eight years after their symptoms become noticeable. However, survival can range four to 20 years, depending on health and age.

Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s

  • Age 65+
  • Family history
  • Hispanic or African-American
  • Head injury

Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  • Challenges in planning or solving problems
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, work, or leisure
  • Confusion with time or place
  • Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  • New problems with words in speaking or writing
  • Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  • Decreased or poor judgment
  • Withdrawal from work or social activities
  • Changes in mood and personality

If you notice any of these symptoms, don’t ignore them. Schedule an appointment with your doctor. Although there is no cure, with early detection you can get the maximum benefit from available treatment to maintain a level of independence longer.

Discuss with your doctor and call Advanced Body Scan to begin your journey to a healthier, happier you (405) 242-1400.

Parkinson’s

What is Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, degenerative disorder that affects the brain. One in 100 people over the age of 60 are diagnosed with this disease, however, it can also occur in people 40 or younger.

Parkinson’s disease is a disorder of the central nervous system that results from the loss of cells in various parts of the brain, including the substantia nigra that produces dopamine. This is a chemical messenger responsible for transmitting signals within the brain that allow for coordination of movement.

The loss of dopamine causes neurons to fire without normal control, resulting in uncontrolled coordination of movement.

Risk Factors for Parkinson’s

Due to the cause of Parkinson’s disease being unknown, it is difficult to know the risk factors. However, many common factors are:

  • Age
  • Male
  • Smoking
  • Caffeine consumption
  • Head injury
  • Pesticide exposure

Symptoms of Parkinson’s

  • Slowing down in daily activities
  • Smaller handwriting
  • Slurred or softer speech
  • Trouble rising from a chair
  • Shaking lips, hands, arms, or legs
  • Increased stiffness
  • Trouble buttoning buttons or getting dressed
  • Shuffle feet or take smaller steps
  • Feet seem to get stuck to the floor when walking or turning
  • One arm does not swing when you walk
  • Trouble with balance
  • Stooping or abnormal posture

If you notice and of these symptoms, don’t ignore them. Schedule an appointment with your doctor. Although there is no cure, with early detection you can get the maximum benefit from available treatment to maintain a level of independence longer.

Call Advanced Body Scan today and begin your journey to a healthier, happier you (405) 242-1400.