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  • What is a HeartLung™ scan?
    A HeartLung scan is an easy low-dose CT scan of your chest that can provide rapid results for ten important areas of your health. Your screening scan is instantly analyzed by state-of-the-art Artificial Intelligence (AI) and reviewed by a radiology physician before delivering your reports within a few hours.
  • What does “screening” mean?
    Screening tests can detect potential medical conditions or early-stage diseases in people who don’t have any symptoms. The purpose of your HeartLung screening scan is to find a disorder or disease as soon as possible. This allows for further testing, proactive treatment, making lifestyle changes, and other actions that can save your life.
  • Why is a CT scan better than an X-ray?
    A CT scan provides detailed images of the body that are more accurate than a standard X-ray. It can take a 360-degree picture of your organs, bones, blood vessels, and soft tissues. The images are taken in “slices” that can be reconfigured to make a 3-D copy of body structures, while an X-ray only has a 2-D view.
  • Are there any needles or IV infusions involved in the procedure?
    No. Your HeartLung scan is a “non-contrast” CT scan, so there are no needles, dyes, or IV infusions needed to visualize the inside of your body. You don’t even have to change into a hospital gown! The only things you’ll be asked to remove are metal items, including jewelry, eyeglasses, hairpins, and dentures. Women may be asked to remove their bras with metal underwires.
  • How do I get started?
    We want to make the HeartLung scan process as easy as possible. Simply download the LiveLong Health app (available for iOS and Android) and create a quick profile. From there, you can locate a convenient facility for your scan and make an appointment within the app.
  • Why do I need the HeartLung™ (LiveLong) app?
    Your LiveLong app is the handiest way to organize your scan results, make appointments, find your testing facility, and access the Knowledge Center. With your unique QR code, you can check in and out of your HeartLung™ scans without any hassles or delays.
  • Do I need to do anything special before my appointment?
    The only thing you need to do is bring your phone with its LiveLong app, so you can check in and out of your appointment with your unique QR code. Wear loose and comfortable clothing. If you are having a heart scan (Coronary Artery Calcium scan) you may be asked to avoid caffeine from coffee, tea, or caffeinated beverages for four hours before your scheduled time.
  • What happens at the scan facility?
    Because you have already scheduled your HeartLung appointment, you’ll just scan your QR code. Once you’re in the CT scan room, you just need to remove metal items, because they can affect the CT images. The technologist will help you get positioned on the CT scan machine and explain the procedure. The scan itself just takes a few minutes. Afterward, you will scan your QR code on the way out.
  • How much radiation will I get during the HeartLung scan?
    Modern CT imaging always follows the safety principal of “As Low As Reasonably Achievable,” or ALARA, to avoid unnecessary radiation. Your chest CT scan will deliver 1.1 to 1.5 millisieverts of exposure, about the same as you naturally receive from the environment every 6 months, or what you’d get from taking 50 cross-country flights.
  • Do I have to get all ten of the screening scans?
    No. It’s entirely up to you. A complete HeartLung™ screening includes ten possible results from just one CT scan, saving you time and exposure to radiation. Depending on your current health, your personal and family medical histories, and your interest in learning about potential conditions before symptoms appear, you can select as many screening results as you like.
  • What do I do after I receive the results of my HeartLung™ scan?
    After your HeartLung™ scan is completed and you receive your results, you can schedule a free consultation with one of our Health Coaches to review the information. Depending on the results, the Health Coach can explain the reports, provide more information, and even help you find a specialist in your area. Of course, you can also share the results of the scan with your own healthcare provider.
  • How can I understand the results of my HeartLung™ scan?
    We strongly feel that it’s important to understand your own health, so we offer a free consultation with a HeartLung™ Health Coach to answer your questions. We also provide a detailed report with information, drawings, examples of CT scans, and an image of your own scan, so you can continue to follow up with your healthcare provider or one of our affiliated specialists.
  • I had a chest CT scan a year ago, when I went to the Emergency Department after an accident. Can HeartLung™ use that scan to give me screening results?
    Yes! All you have to do is ask your healthcare provider or the facility to send the CT scan to us. We can analyze your scan for the tests you want, just as if you had gone to one of our affiliated locations. Similarly, if you had a HeartLung™ scan, but didn’t choose all the test options, we can still get those results for you.
  • Will my insurance cover my HeartLung™ screening scan?
    Depending on the scan, and the criteria for obtaining it, insurance providers may provide coverage. Currently, HeartLung™ screening tests from a CT of the chest is limited to lung cancer and bone mass density; both tests are covered under specific circumstances. HeartLung™ makes every attempt to keep screening costs low, so you can find out as early as possible if you have a potentially serious condition.
  • Is my private health information secure?
    Absolutely. HeartLung™ complies with every Federal requirement to ensure that your private health information is safe. In 1996, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was passed to protect the security and privacy of health information. Strict guidelines are in place regarding storing and sharing all medical records, including electronic information. HeartLung™ adheres to these guidelines in every aspect of your testing and results.
  • I’m a healthy 40-year-old. Why should I get a HeartLung™ scan now?
    One of the best things you can do today to help your future self is to establish a “health baseline.” A baseline includes two parts: your current health and possible future illness. Getting a screening CT scan will help establish goals going forward in your life. By looking at your current health, your family history, your lifestyle, and the images of your internal structures now, it’s possible to avoid developing serious diseases that can compromise or shorten your life in coming years. With a baseline, healthcare providers can track your health over time to quickly detect and deal with any anormal changes—before it’s too late.
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