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Whole-body screening

Prof. Nicholas Wald, director of the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, says that the whole-body screening services now being offered by various commercial enterprises are a bad idea. Writing in the Journal of Medical Screening he points out that screening of this sort misses most cases of the diseases it is supposed to detect. It also produces plenty of false positives which then require further investigation to rule them out. On top of all this it provides a lot of radiation. We are going to have more and more bogus medicine of this kind, including genetic screening, which is also being touted now.


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John Floyd, MD on :

I thought this was just a problem here in the U.S. Seems there are enough people with money in the developed world who want to live forever to keep these schemes active. I read of an organization in Japan that owns their own PET scanner for periodic screening.

Now with the ability to image coronary arteries and analyze plaque with the latest high-performance CT machines, there will be a lot more radiation to the public (especially if the machines are in private physician offices subject to self-referral).

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