Princeton Longevity Center offers the latest High Definition CT Virtual Physical scans to non-invasively take charge of your health and find the early stages of the leading killers: cancer, aneurysms, coronary and vascular disease.
Our state of the art imaging makes it easier than ever to get an accurate look inside the human body and aid in early disease detection while ensuring maximum comfort throughout your entire experience.
High Definition Vascular Scans and Cardiac CT Angiography can see details as small as 0.4 mm (about 1/50th of an inch), providing stunningly detailed images of organs and blood vessels to detect evidence of the earliest stages of atherosclerosis years before any other test.
Now, you can find the potentially life-threatening diseases that are often missed with physical exam or standard health screenings before they become symptomatic and when treatment is likely to be easier and more effective.
If you’re over 50, or have a family history of colon cancer, your doctor has probably already told you that you should be screened for colon cancer. The High Definition 3-D Virtual Colonoscopy at Princeton Longevity Center offers an excellent screening for polyps and colorectal cancer for those who want the peace of mind without the need for anesthesia or invasive techniques.
In fact, recent studies have shown that 3-D Virtual Colonoscopy is more effective at finding the polyps that are likely to become cancers than conventional colonoscopy.
The Advantages of 3-D Virtual Colonoscopy
Conventional colonoscopy requires the insertion of a long scope in the patient’s rectum, with the attendant possible risk of colon perforation. With Virtual Colonoscopy there is no risk of perforation. The Virtual Colonoscopy is much less invasive, requiring only a small rubber tip that is placed in the rectum to gently introduce a small amount of CO2 to inflate the colon. Then, two scans of the abdomen and pelvis are done.
A High Definition 3-D Virtual Colonoscopy does not require any sedation or anesthesia, which means you can go back to your normal activities immediately after the test.
Because CO2 is rapidly absorbed from the colon into your system, there are no unpleasant after-effects.
Virtual Colonoscopy uses only disposable tubing and supplies. Unlike conventional colonoscopy, there are no concerns with cross-contamination or infection between patients.
Virtual Colonoscopy can visualize 100% of the interior and exterior colon. Conventional colonoscopy typically visualizes only about 80% of the interior colon, as it is unable to see behind colon folds, where polyps may hide. Additionally, in some cases the patient’s colon is too long to allow conventional colonoscopy to reach all the way through the colon.
Conventional colonoscopy only examines the colon, while Virtual Colonoscopy allows for the examination of the other organs of the abdomen and pelvis. Abnormalities are found that would be missed with conventional colonoscopy.
Unlike conventional colonoscopy, there is no need to take antibiotic prophylaxis before the procedure.
Patients who are on blood-thinning medication do not need to stop their medication for a Virtual Colonoscopy.
A Leader in Virtual Colonoscopy Since 2002
The Princeton Longevity Center has offered 3-D Virtual Colonoscopy since 2002. In fact, our medical imaging center was the first facility to offer this test in New Jersey. Our highly-trained staff has the most experience in performing 3-D Virtual Colonoscopy of any imaging center in the region, ensuring the optimum in patient comfort and high quality results.
Our radiologists include nationally renowned academic and clinical experts in the field of Virtual Colonoscopy. Their unsurpassed expertise in the interpretation of 3-D Virtual Colonoscopy means you can feel secure about your Virtual Colonoscopy at the Princeton Longevity Center.
During a Virtual Colonoscopy, images of the colon are taken in just a few seconds and a three-dimensional image of the colon is created. Polyps and other abnormalities as small as a few millimeters can be seen and examined by the scanner.
Fortunately, most patients (more than 95%) will have a clean bill of health. For those few who are found to have a polyp, a follow-up optical colonoscopy can be scheduled to remove the polyp.
Studies have shown Virtual Colonoscopy to be safe and effective. With 3-D imaging techniques, the ability to see significant polyps and tumors is comparable, or even superior, to invasive colonoscopy.
Full Body Scans
This thorough screening will give you detailed images from your neck to your hip, including your Chest, Abdomen, Pelvis and Coronary Arteries,. In addition to detecting many cancers, this scan can also reveal other problems such as kidney stones, gall stones and aneurysms, giving you advance warning before any symptoms are present.
Fortunately, most scans show that the internal organs all appear to be normal. Your Full Body Scan can bring you the peace of mind of knowing that you have used the latest technology to look for the cancers, plaque, aneurysms, stones, cysts and other abnormalities that other tests frequently miss.
Fast, Painless and Non-Invasive
Full Body Scans are fast and painless. The scan takes only seconds and you can remain fully clothed The Full Body Scan does not require any needles or injections. Our Low Dose Scan Protocols require much less radiation than conventional diagnostic CT scans.
Heart and Carotid Artery Scans
A CT Heart scan is your first step in detecting the earliest signs of plaque in your arteries and lowering your risk. The CT Vascular Scan is simply the most accurate and effective tool for measuring your cardiovascular risk.
Stress tests don’t show any abnormalities until an artery is at least 60% narrowed. By the time you have a positive stress test you need a stent or bypass surgery and are already very high risk for a heart attack. But most heart attacks occur in arteries that are less than 50% narrowed and are therefore NOT detectable by any form of stress testing. Studies have shown that the “usual” risk factors, such as cholesterol levels, are no better at predicting who will have a heart attack than a coin-toss.
The only non-invasive way to know for sure if you are developing plaque in your arteries is to painlessly look directly at the arteries with a CT Vascular Scan.
CT Coronary Calcium Scan
By detecting calcium deposits in the artery walls, the CT Coronary Calcium Scan can detect the presence of the earliest stages of plaque in your coronary arteries, years before it becomes severe enough to show up on other tests.
Extensive published research has shown the Coronary Calcium Score to be a better predictor of your heart attack risk than any of the “traditional” risk factors.
In many cases, patients who have been told that they should be on medication to lower their cholesterol are found to actually be at very low risk on the basis of the Coronary Calcium Score. These patients may be able to stop their medications.
Other patients who have been told they are low risk based on “traditional” risk factors discover that their Coronary Calcium Scan shows they have enough plaque to put them at high risk. With early detection, our team of specialists can design an individualized program for you to immediately start to reverse the blockage of your arteries and lower your risk of future heart attacks.
To learn more about how heart attacks happen and how to prevent them with early detection and treatment read Understanding Heart Attacks.
Cardiac CT Angiography
Cardiac CT Angiography is a revolutionary way to non-invasively visualize the inside of the coronary arteries. With the latest advances in high resolution scanning, the Cardiac CT Angiography can create amazingly detailed and accurate images of the coronary arteries and cardiac anatomy in just seconds.
Cardiac CT Angiography can detect non-calcified plaque, the very earliest stages of atherosclerosis. Cardiac CT Angiography can also accurately exclude the presence of significant blockage in the coronary arteries. These abilities make Cardiac CT Angiography particularly useful in patients who have had chest pain or exertional symptoms.
A Cardiac CT Angiography may also be helpful in those who are considered to be at high risk for coronary artery disease who would prefer to avoid the need for medication if they have not yet started to make plaque in their arteries.
Carotid CT Angiography
Carotid CT Angiography provides a high-resolution image of the carotid arteries, the main blood supply to the brain. Atherosclerosis in the carotid arteries indicates an increased risk of strokes.
Identifying the early development of plaque in the carotid arteries allows for earlier and more aggressive treatment to help prevent strokes.