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Everything you wanted to know about your anatomy but were too afraid to ask

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 07 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:873
  1. Michael Arnold Glueck, diagnostic radiologist,
  2. Robert J Cihak, diagnostic radiologist
  1. Newport Beach, California
  2. Aberdeen, Washington, and president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons

    Hold on to your clothes and run for cover. Whole body scanners are appearing on vacated land and parking lots as rapidly as Starbucks go up and ageing department stores come down. Diagnostic body imaging scans are becoming faster, better, and cheaper. The question for patients and doctors alike is whether or not this makes good medical and economic sense.

    Whole body scanning will some day be performed by the few on the many

    In the United States, self-referred whole body computed tomographic scanning with electron beam technology is now available. LifeScore in San Diego, California, offers a whole body scan for about $800 (£560), which takes several minutes. A doctor immediately reviews each examination and has a consultation with the patient. Abdominal-pelvic or neck examinations are available for a mere $300 (£210).

    LifeScore faces competition from InsideTrac, in Beverly Hills, California, two hours to the north. InsideTrac offers heart scans for $375 (£262); add the body and it becomes $795 (£556). For $1325 …

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