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EBT-Heart & Body Imaging Announces Two New Scans Worth Paying For

10/19/2005 5:10:29 PM

DETROIT, March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- EBT-Heart & Body Imaging has introduced two new preventive imaging scans to the Detroit area: a carotid artery scan to detect a patient's probability of a stroke, and a transvaginal ultrasound to detect the earliest stage of ovarian cancer.

"These are two excellent tests that the public is demanding, but insurance companies don't pay for," said Dr. Mark Kahn, medical director of EBT-Heart & Body Imaging. "Early detection is the key to prevention. Both tests are safe and take only a few minutes to perform."

A carotid artery scan detects the buildup of calcified plaque in the carotid arteries in the neck, which supply blood to the brain. Calcified plaque can restrict blood flow by narrowing the arteries or by breaking off and blocking blood flow, leading to a stroke. Each year, more than 550,000 Americans suffer a stroke, and the most common cause of stroke is carotid artery blockage. According to the Internet Stroke Center ( ), stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. and the fourth leading cause of death in Canada.

Although less common than other cancers, ovarian is especially difficult to detect and has the highest mortality rate of all gynecologic cancers in both Canada and the U.S. However, when detected early, the five-year survival rate is 95 percent in the U.S. and about 90 percent in Canada, according to the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care. Kahn notes there is no approved screening method yet for ovarian cancer, but transvaginal ultrasound gives physicians a clearer picture of the ovaries, and it's believed that this screening method will help decrease the number of late stage cancers.

The carotid artery scan and transvaginal ultrasound each cost about $250 U.S. and only take about five to 10 minutes. The carotid artery scan is recommended for anyone with a family history of strokes, heart disease or those who just want peace of mind. For transvaginal ultrasound, women over 50, with a family history of ovarian, breast or colon cancer, or who have concerns about ovarian cancer, should have the scan performed.

About EBT-Heart & Body Imaging

EBT-Heart & Body Imaging in Detroit and Michigan Heart Imaging in Flint offer lung, heart and full body scans as well as virtual colonoscopy and traditional CT scanning. EBT-Heart & Body physicians, technologists and professional staff bring personal care in a warm and friendly setting, treating each patient as an individual. For more information about EBT-Heart & Body Imaging, call 248-358-3225; for more information about Michigan Heart Imaging, call 810-733-6182. The information contained in this press release is not meant to provide medical advice or treatment. Please consult with your doctor or other healthcare professional or contact EBT-Heart & Body Imaging.

EBT-Heart & Body Imaging

CONTACT: Dan Snyders of Armada Medical Marketing, +1-303-623-1190ext. 230, or mobile +1-720-231-9990, for EBT-Heart & Body Imaging

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