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Full Body Scans: How long do they take?


Where does the time go? Well when you start to break down a typical Oklahoman’s day, you’d be shocked at where a lot of our time is wasted.

Here’s a look at five things most people do every day that will take more time than a scan from Advanced Body Scan.

Snoozing your alarm clock


So many of us lead such busy lives it’s difficult to get enough sleep. It’s so tempting to hit that snooze button to get those extra few minutes of shut eye. Nearly 60% of respondents in one survey say said they hit the snooze button.  But countless study after study has shown that trying to steal those extra few minutes of sleep actually make you less rested and make your time waking up more difficult.

Typical snooze alarms last from seven to nine minutes and couple that with the added time it will take your body to adjust to being awake, you’ve already wasted part of your morning.

Morning Routine


The average American spends 10.4 minutes a day in the shower. Now add that to the recommended three minutes spent brushing your teeth plus time to shave and do your hair, you’re looking at about 20 minutes, at the very least, spent getting ready. And all of this is before you even pick out your outfit.

Your commute


The average American spends 25 minutes of their day commuting to and from work. In Oklahoma County, average commute times range from 20 minutes in the Edmond area to around 16 minutes closer to downtown. This means in often less time it takes for a resident of Oklahoma City to get to work your scan can be completed and you can be on the road to holding true information about your health.

Standing in line


People will spend five years of their lives waiting in lines. That’s 1,825 days, or 43,800 hours, or 2,628,000 minutes standing around, checking your watch until you get to the front of the queue. (That’s not even counting a leap year thrown in!) Some studies have shown that Americans can spend more than 20 minutes a day waiting in lines.

Looking at our phones


Technology runs our lives. While there are many examples of tech improving our lives and making them easier, it also has a way of sucking up our time. One study found that smartphone owners unlock their phones more than 150 times a day. One study found that users range anywhere from 16 minutes per day to 120 minutes per day spent looking at their phones.

So for the length of time it takes to NOT check Twitter and Facebook a few times in a day, you can be in and out of our offices.

It’s not often that we think about the time we spend every day on our routines. Our alarms go off in the morning and up we jump to shower, shave, brush our teeth, make breakfast and hit the road to work. At work we check email, look at our phones, leave messages, chat with coworkers, head home and eventually go to bed to start it all over again.

Your health is not something to be treated so routinely. With our scans taking as little as 10 minutes, we’re comfortable saying time isn’t an excuse to overlook your health.

At Advanced Body Scan, we know that time is precious and we hope we can help you maximize all of it that you have.

If want to take an active role in your health care, contact us today.

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National Fight Procrastination Day: Action, not Reaction


September 6 is National Fight Procrastination Day. As a business dedicated to the process of prevention, procrastination is an enemy we encounter daily. The phrase “ignorance is bliss” is a true one, but only to a certain point. Ignorance might buy you happiness in the short term, but being armed with a thorough knowledge of your health is your best bet to living happily into the long term.

Heart disease has grown to become the largest killer in the United States

One in four Americans will die of heart disease, even as medical technology grows by leaps and bounds. And even scarier than that fact? The development of heart disease is largely asymptomatic. For half of those who suffer from heart disease, the first manifestation of symptoms is a sudden coronary event, a.k.a. a heart attack.

Our heart scans can detect the buildup of calcium in your arteries before they become a major problem, giving you the proper time to make appropriate changes in your life to ensure it’s a long and healthy one.

Cancer rates expected to rise

Cancer is another disease that often will only manifest its symptoms long after the window for treatment has closed. It’s expected that the worldwide incidence of cancer will rise 75% by 2030.  A low dose ECBT scan can alert you to tumors before they have a chance to metastasize.

Does heart disease or cancer run in your family? Hereditary factors can also greatly increase your risk of developing these two killers.

Use National Fight Procrastination Day as a jumping off point for you to take an active role in your health.  We offer a full range of screenings, including those for diabetes, heart disease, virtual colonoscopies and a wide range of cancer screenings.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Prevention is your best protection.

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Three foods that can affect bone density

When it comes to your health, one of the best attitudes to take is the Buddhist idea of “everything in moderation.” If your diet is balanced and you exercise correctly, the chances of a catastrophic illness or heart disease are greatly reduced. But sometimes, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing.

Did you know that even certain healthy foods can negatively affect the way your body absorbs calcium?

Calcium, the all-important bone builder, is essential to strengthening your body’s framework. We all know that foods like milk and yogurt are great for getting calcium into your diet but here are a few dietary choices that might affect your body’s ability to use that calcium.

High fiber cereal


We all see the ads for high fiber cereal and the benefits of a high fiber diet; fiber is an essential aspect of your diet for digestion, it has been shown to help lower the “bad” LDL blood cholesterol, it can help those with diabetes maintain their blood sugar and also reduce the risk of heart disease. However, fiber can also prevent the absorption of calcium when the two are eaten together. This means that the milk you eat with your high fiber cereal might not do as much good as you were hoping.

Now, this doesn’t mean that high fiber cereal with milk is an unhealthy breakfast choice, far from it. However if you are trying to increase your calcium intake or are taking a calcium supplement, it’s best to ingest calcium those several hours after a high-fiber meal, or just be sure to drink up extra on the milk after you’ve finished your bowl of cereal.

Beans might not be the magical fruit


You might be looking to cut some meat out of your diet and have turned to legumes to get some much-needed protein. They’re high in fiber and protein, low in fat and a great alternative to meat, but just like fiber, beans can interfere with the body’s ability to absorb calcium. Legumes contain phytates, which are shown to slow absorption of some minerals including calcium.

Again, this doesn’t mean beans are bad, but if you have low calcium and take supplements to help with your bone density, wait a few hours after eating legumes before you take them.

High sodium diets

This should come as no surprise at all, but a high sodium diet is bad for you. Beyond general issues with a high sodium diet like high blood pressure and increased risk of heart disease, too much sodium can affect your kidneys, a key aspect of your body’s ability to absorb calcium. Try to cut out canned and processed foods in your diet and you can cut down your sodium intake greatly.

A bone scan can give you the knowledge you need to begin addressing a bone problem before a serious injury or complication.

Call us today to schedule a scan!

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Are you a body scan candidate?

Female in body scanner.

So you feel great, keep up with your health, you follow the food pyramid to a T, exercise 30-60 minutes a day, don’t smoke and make your regularly scheduled check-ups with your doctor. Does that mean you’re not a candidate for a body scan?

Absolutely not.

We’ve all heard the stories, or even know someone like this: they are in perfect health, they eat right, don’t smoke, get enough exercise. Then one day they begin to feel ill or fatigued and go see a doctor. After a battery of tests it turns out for years they have been silently suffering from untreated heart disease, or a form of cancer has been slowly metastasizing and spreading through their body without any outward symptoms.

Oftentimes our genetic predispositions overrule out healthy lifestyle choices, we can exercise, eat right, avoid bad choices like excessive alcohol and smoking and still be laid low by a debilitating disease if it’s written in our genes.

Many people these days are armed with the knowledge of their genetic predispositions, but often times cancer and heart disease can affect those without genetic factors in the equation. Aside from regular checkups and healthy living, there are definite steps you can take to keep an eye on your body.

If you’re at all concerned or interested in taking an active role in your health, then you are a candidate for a full body scan.

Those that meet the following criteria could benefit the most from a scan:

  • You are a current or former smoker
  • You have a family history of heart disease
  • You have a family history of cancer
  • You have diabetes

Even if any of these factors aren’t present in your life, there are a host of asymptomatic issues that can occur.

The biggest thing that separates Advanced Body Scan from a getting a CT scan ordered by a physician or hospital is our on-demand service. Generally, you can’t go to your general practitioner and request a full body CT. In most cases, a doctor must have a just cause for recommending you for a screening, meaning the outward manifestation of symptoms of an illness.

Sometimes though, showing symptoms means you’ve missed the opportunity to treat a disease in its infant stages. In certain instances of cancer, showing symptoms means the disease has spread beyond operable levels. And if you are dealing with heart disease, often it will only be after an artery has become blocked with plaque and you are in the hospital that you are given a scan.

Wouldn’t you like to know about these before hand?

Take an active role in your health. Prevention is your best protection. Contact us today.