ever had a full body scan?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Icey101, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. i used to see ads a few years ago regarding full scans....

    anyone ever had one and was it useful in finding whatever you thought was wrong with you?

    my brother said if you have one every year you will find out when cancer is in the early stages
  2. LarryO


    Apr 4, 2004
    what kind of scan though? There are many different types of imaging and when you say full body......some scans of your whole body can be more damaging than the non symptomatic problem you are searching for
  3. bassinplace


    Dec 1, 2008
    I'm not a doctor, but I wouldn't recommend that. Sounds really unhealthy.
  4. Ziltoid

    Ziltoid I don't play bass

    Apr 10, 2009
    Dr House hates them. :bag:
  5. sandmangeck


    Jul 2, 2007
    Hit the nail on the head.
  6. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Inactive

    Aug 15, 2010
    Also keep in mind that the reason the character Dr House hates them is based in reality ; plenty of false positives. That blurb that looks like cancer could in fact be a whole lotta nuthin'.
  7. TOOL460002


    Nov 4, 2004
    Santa Cruz
    +1 different scans for different problems to be decided by a specialist.

    It sounds like you would (if you could) get a full body mri/xray/cat/endo/colonoscapy/etc every year to make sure you never die. I don't think people do that. You can't just walk in and ask for a full body scan. I'm not even sure what the doctor would say in response to that.
  8. LarryO


    Apr 4, 2004
    The full body MRI wouldn't be bad for you (the image is produced by a magnet spining ions in your cells) but full body x-ray, cat scan and or fluoroscopy would expose you to so much radiation unnecessarily it could be harmful. Not to mention all of those studies would be so expensive that no insurance company would cover it.
  9. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    I'm getting an MRI on Tuesday. My knee.



    Sep 13, 2000
    Santa Monica
    This ia a very bad idea.
    EVERYTHING that is found will have to be explored with tests that YOU will have to pay for most of out of pocket.
    You will be forced to take these tests in order to stay insured.
    You will become radioactive to your insurance company now and for years to come.
    Many abnormities are in ALL of us.
    They will find something and then you will have no choice but to go through the whole dog and pony show.

    I had a CT scan for some minor lower back pain.
    It caught a small shadow on my liver.....o_O.
    It turned out to be a fat deposit. I'm fine.
    But I spent 2 years getting MRIs and CT scans in order to be insurable in the future.
    I had to see a liver specilist who said my liver was normal and I didn't need the tests but there was no other way to satisfy the insurance company.
    DON'T DO IT.
  11. i was thinking MRI, magnetic, no impact....maybe an ultra sound also
  12. LarryO


    Apr 4, 2004
    In the case of MRI and ultrasound there may not be any known risks for a full body scan but the procedure would be extremely expensive and timely. One example......a MRI of just my right knee took about 40 minutes and costs about $1700
  13. KwinS


    Oct 30, 2006
    Dallas/Ft. Worth
    I had full MRI's and CT's with and without contrast last August and September, then a full body bone scan. I was being worked up for nerve-type pain, numbness, and tight feeling of the traps, shoulder, arm, and hand pain that also ran the length of my right sided lats. I couldn't even hold a child's ukulele to tune it, and I thought I would never play a bass or guitar ever again. While they were looking for the cause of all of that, they found Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC...Kidney cancer) on top of my left kidney.

    If I didn't have the upper body pain, and all the scans, we would not have found the cancer in time. I am totally in favor of body scans, as needed. I do not glow, and none of my scans (I've had several more, just to make sure that they cut all the bad stuff out) have been responsible for any negative health issues.

    My original spinal cord injury at C1 to about C6 is healing slowly, but because of the scans, and a spinal tap, I know that to be trauma-related, and not a demyelination disease like MS. Now I know it's something I can deal with, without that shadow of doubt.

    I vote for getting a scan.

    The cost of the scans was worth it to me vs the impact of my death to my family. YMMV.
  14. KwinS


    Oct 30, 2006
    Dallas/Ft. Worth
    This, in my opinion, and my experience, is horrible advice.
  15. this is what i am talking about, might have saved your life
  16. KwinS


    Oct 30, 2006
    Dallas/Ft. Worth
    It did, without a doubt.
  17. Mr.Hat


    Sep 18, 2010
    Do this . Every friday :bag:
  18. There is a lot of radiation from an MRI as well. It isn't healthy to be paranoid enough to get a full body scan every year.

  19. Out of interest, what radiation are you exposed to from an MRI scan?

    I did a paper comparing MRI/CAT/PET scans a couple years back and even from that course, I certainly don't remember anything about dangerous radiation with the MRIs? Longwave EM radiation, but that isn't dangerous?

    Just honest interest, I didn't do much on it other than a toe dipping into the physics behind the imaging.

    +1 on it not being healthy to be that paranoid.

    Dare say they won't help your hearing any!
  20. LarryO


    Apr 4, 2004
    MRI produce no radiation. cat scan does and in the case of Kwin's bone scan a radioactive isotope would be directly injected into you. The only reason you went through these tests is because the reward outweighed the risks. You did have a medical issue. But people who want to go ordering tests for themselves just to see if anything is going on is risky and down right stupid.