Getting to Know Lifeline Screening

Health screening are performed in three ways, and these are ultrasounds, finger stick blood screenings and limited electrocardiographs. Ultrasounds are also known as sonography, and ultrasound screening produces an exact rendering of body features with the use of sound waves. These waves are directed at whichever feature that requires imaging and then device records the feedback, and utilizes this feedback in producing the image.

This technology was pioneered not as physical screening device, but as a world war II invention used for detecting mines and other submersed dangers. However, now its primary function is as a medical device utilized to provide imaging in areas such as cardiology, obstetrics and ophthalmology. The most common and known use for ultrasounds is in painlessly and non invasively producing images for parents of their children in the womb.

Life Line Screening utilizes the most forward form of ultrasound technology with Doppler color flow which provides extremely accurate bone mineral density screenings used to determine the risk of osteoporosis, carotid artery disease screening, abdominal aortic aneurysm screening and ankle-brachial index screenings which are used for determining peripheral artery disease.

The second type of screening is the finger-stick blood screenings. These screenings offer accurate results for the diagnosis of the ubiquitous heart disease and diabetes, but also complete lipid blood screenings, glucose screening, high sensitivity C-reactive protein as well as elevated enzyme which is a test for liver damage. All equipment and techniques utilized in this pursuit are laboratory accurate and Federal Drug Administration approved, and often delivers results in ten minute are less that are used in labs, hospitals and insurance companies nationally.

Finally, the third type of screening Life Line Screening offers is limited electrocardiograph. These screenings are designed to discover atrial fibrillation or irregular heartbeat. This is a quick non-invasive technique in which no clothing is removed and no prep involved.