Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Scans
Due to their biology, men suffer four times as many aortic aneurysms as women. An abdominal aortic aneurysm scan assesses symptomatic patients by evaluating the health of their aortic artery. These scans may be performed with an ultrasound, CT scan, or MRI, depending on the condition of the patient. It is recommended that men ages 65 to 75 who have a history of smoking receive at least one abdominal aortic aneurysm scan to ensure their health, and men ages 65 to 75 who don’t have a history of smoking should talk to their doctor about whether they may benefit from one of these scans.
CT Cardiac Calcium Scoring
Heart disease is the most common cause of death for men in America, and calcified plaque in the arteries that supply blood to the heart is a major cause of coronary heart disease and fatal heart attacks. A CT cardiac calcium scoring is a type of X-ray exam that checks for calcified plaque and helps doctors develop treatment plans to reduce the risk of heart disease and heart attacks. This test is recommended for men over 45 who have certain risk factors including a family history of heart disease, a history of smoking, or diabetes.
A DEXA scan is used to measure bone density for the diagnosis of osteoporosis or to determine the risk of bone fractures. Getting a DEXA scan done in a timely manner can help to slow, maintain, or even improve bone density loss, potentially preventing bone fractures from ever occurring. While women are more likely to have osteoporosis than men, the consequences of the condition tend to be more severe for men than they are for women. Men experience hip fractures at a younger age, and they are more likely to die after breaking a hip than women are. Men who have risk factors such as previous bone fractures, rheumatoid arthritis, a history of smoking, a low BMI, or others should talk to their doctor about whether a DEXA scan would benefit them.
Low-Dose CT Lung Screening
Using low-dose X-rays to minimize the damage to lung tissue, low-dose CT lung screenings are used to check for lung cancer. Lung cancer is the deadliest cancer in the United States, and it is more prevalent in men than in women. Men with a history of smoking should speak to their doctor about having this test performed to screen for lung cancer.
Prostate MRI has been a crucial tool in diagnosing and treating prostate cancer since 2009. This test creates detailed images of the prostate gland to determine the stage of prostate cancer and how quickly it will grow. Prostate cancer is one of the leading causes of death for men across all racial and ethnic groups, and it is the second most common type of cancer in men. Men between the ages of 45 and 50 should discuss with their doctor whether a prostate MRI is appropriate for them. We use Philips DynaCAD image analysis system to help diagnose and map prostate cancers. DynaCAD software also aids urologists in obtaining accurate biopsies for further diagnosis.
This non-invasive test uses sound waves to produce an image of the testicles and the surrounding tissue. Men who have lumps or tumors in the area, infertility, testicular pain or swelling, or an undescended testis may be candidates for this test.