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The lungs are vital organs located in the chest. They are essential to the respiratory system’s ability to breathe in oxygen-containing air (inhalation) and exhale carbon dioxide (exhalation). It is crucial to keep an eye on the health of your lungs since any flaw in this process might have a negative influence on your ability to operate daily. Spirometry is one of the most fundamental medical procedures used to examine lung health; these tests include known as lung scan function tests or pulmonary function tests (PFTs). It necessitates going to the doctor or other medical facility. When lung disorders like asthma necessitate more regular lung health checks, this presents a hurdle. Because of this, one needs to keep an eye on obvious systems that enable home lung health testing.

How to Test Yourself for Lung Cancer?

While there are a number of at-home screening tests available for some diseases, such as colon cancer, lung cancer is not among them. Even if comparable tests are being developed, only a physician can perform tests to diagnose lung cancer at the present time. Early detection of lung cancer might enhance your prognosis. Home testing may be able to detect signals produced by cancer cells even in the absence of symptoms.

To find out whether more testing is required, it’s crucial to follow up with a physician or other healthcare provider because you might misunderstand the results. To diagnose lung cancer, a medical professional may use imaging tests or a biopsy. Since at-home tests still carry some danger, many medical professionals advise against using them.

What Does a Black Spot on your Lung Mean?

A pulmonary nodule is typically described as a spot on the lungs. This is a tiny, spherical tumor on the lung scan that appear on imaging scans as a white spot. These nodules usually have a diameter of fewer than three centimeters (cm). Don’t worry if your doctor discovers a pulmonary nodule on a CT or X-ray of your chest. Most pulmonary nodules are benign or noncancerous, and they are rather frequent. Up to half of all lung CT scans reveal nodules. A malignant lung nodule would often measure more than 3 cm in diameter or exhibit other features, such as an uneven form.

 What is a VQ Scan?

The Ventilation (V) Perfusion (Q) scan, commonly known as a VQ scan, consists of two scans that measure blood and airflow in your lungs. The first scan evaluates the efficiency of your lungs’ airflow. Your lungs’ blood flow path is examined in the second scan. The ventilation scan’s airflow and the perfusion scan’s blood flow should coincide if the lungs are functioning normally.

A discrepancy between the perfusion and ventilation scans (V being superior to Q) may point to a PE or obstruction. You will be given a “tracer,” which is a low-risk radioactive material, for both scans. This material releases radiation that highlights any regions with irregular blood or airflow.

 How Long Does a VQ Scan take?

VQ scans consist of two distinct scans. In the initial scan:

  • You have to be cautious not to move about as you lie on a table.
  • It will be necessary for you to cover your mouth and nose with a breathing mask.
  • You will be required to breathe in a small quantity of low-risk radioactive gas through a tube for around five minutes. You won’t feel any difference after using the petrol.
  • Under a scanner, the table will move; therefore, you must remain still.
  • Your chest and the movement of air in your lungs will be captured by the scanner on camera.

    In the subsequent scan:

  • You have to be cautious not to move about as you lie on a table.
  • A low-risk radioactive dye will be injected into your arm by your doctor.
  • The dye will enter your lungs and pass through your blood.
  • Under a scanner, the table will move; therefore, you must remain still.
  • The imaging device will capture pictures of normal lungs’ blood flow.
  • Each scan takes around 15 minutes, and the whole VQ scan takes between 45 and 60 minutes.

 Can a VQ Scan Detect Lung Cancer?

VQ scans have a limited role in early lung cancer detection. A pulmonary blood clot can be diagnosed with a VQ scan. If untreated, blood clots can be lethal. Your doctor may suggest a VQ scan if you are experiencing signs of a blood clot, such as severe discomfort while breathing in and shortness of breath. A pulmonary embolism, or PE, is another name for a blood clot. Your doctor may also recommend a VQ scan to assess lung function prior to or following surgery. In order to determine your lung function, providers may also utilize a VQ scan: 

  • Following a lung transplant.
  • Prior to having a lung removed entirely or in part surgically.
  • In the course of diagnosing or treating lung disorders such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

 What Does a Normal CT Scan of the Lungs look like?

A normal-sized lung CT scan for Cancer shows no inflammation, enabling the diaphragm to dilate. Emphysema patients’ lungs may seem over inflated due to muscular atrophy, which distorts the diaphragm. Cystic alterations result from the demise of air sacs. 

  • Physicians may view intricate images of a patient’s lungs using computerized tomography (CT) scans.
  • They resemble X-rays in that they display a bigger picture of the injured area of the body. 
  • Compared to X-rays, lung CT scans may capture a variety of tiny images.

 These may help medical professionals determine whether a patient has emphysema or whether their lungs are in good shape.

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Even while there are tests and gadgets that allow you to perform an at-home lung cancer test, they cannot diagnose or rule out lung cancer on their own. Discuss the findings with a physician or health care facility like Via Scan of Las Colinas, who can use them in conjunction with further diagnostic procedures like lung scans and a biopsy to aid in the diagnosis. The findings of these tests may only be interpreted and recommended courses of action by a physician.


Nuclear Stress test utilize radioactive “tracers” such as Thallium and Cardiolyte to increase the clarity of a Nuclear Stress test. It’s purpose is to determine how well blood is flowing through the heart and is an indicator of the mechanical condition of the heart. The problem is a nuclear stress test will miss 100% of early plaque buildup and may only detect an issue once plaque has reached 70% blockage. The tests are graded normal, abnormal or equivocal (unknown). Basically they are a guess. Nuclear Stress test can not see plaque in arteries, so it only detects issues once damage has occurred to the heart.

With nuclear stress testing, false positive rate is 20% meaning that 20% of the people are sent to the hospital for cardiac catherization costing upwards of $20,000 and subjecting the patients to a 5% chance of death only to find out there are not major blockages. Conversely, nuclear stress test show a 15% false negative rate meaning that 15% of the people are sent home and told there are not issues only to discover they have major blockage that results in death or permanent heart damage via heart attack.

Prevention is predicated on the belief that treating potentially life-threatening conditions at the earliest possible point allows you to maintain good health rather than trying to regain it once it’s lost. At ViaScan heart plaque is seen as small as 1 mm in size, providing years or decades advanced warning of a buildup of plaque that may result in a heart attack or require surgery


February is American Heart Month, and we are happy to join the movement #MoveWithHeart which promotes improving heart health by making subtle changes to diet and exercise every day. If you haven’t done so yet, find an activity you enjoy to keep your heart healthy. Talk with your family and friends about joining your initiative by finding activities, and events you can do together.  Having others with you always makes physical activity seem less tedious and more fun. For example, take a walk with your peers at work during breaks or a quick informal meeting, join a local fitness group (running, walking, dance, or aerobics), or participate in a local event (health walk, 5K event).

Take the #MoveWithHeart pledge and check out the resources below to get you started


Take advantage of our current promotion and Know Your Score! For ONLY $995 ($497.50 each), you and a family member or friend can get a body and heart scan for the price of one. You both have to call this month and schedule an appointment in 2018. Make sure you tell them to mention your name and #ShareTheLove.


Health Facts – Heart Scans versus Nuclear Stress Test

I came across some interesting articles this month about the differences of getting a heart scan versus nuclear stress testing.
The American Heart Association (AHA) completed a study in March of 2015. The study compared Heart CT scans against the nuclear stress test as a method to test for heart disease. Their study included 10,003 patients who visited 193 health facilities. These patients had at least one cardiovascular risk factor. Half were randomly selected to receive a Heart CT scan and the others underwent a stress test.
Below is a list of coronary risk factors defined by the AHA (source):
  1. high LDL cholesterol
  2. low HDL cholesterol
  3. high blood pressure
  4. family history
  5. diabetes
  6. smoking
  7. being post-menopausal for women
  8. being older than 45 for men
  9. Obesity may also be a risk factor.
According to the 2-year study, these were the results found
“After their initial non-invasive test, about 10 percent of study participants underwent at least one cardiac catheterization procedure, a more invasive procedure in which an interventional cardiologist threads a catheter into the heart through an artery to assess narrowing in the arteries and, if needed, open the arteries with a balloon or stent. The rates of patients undergoing catheterization that failed to identify substantial narrowing were significantly higher in the patients receiving functional testing, at 4.3 percent, compared to 3.4 percent in the patients who had received a CT scan.” — American Heart Association – 3/14/15 (source)

That’s an amazing outcome!

An even more alluring result of this study, at 3 months, AHA stated patients receiving a heart scan received significantly lower radiation exposure than patients given a nuclear stress test!
In a publication by John Hopkins Medicine, studying a smaller group of participants in October 2015, conclusively came to the same result.
noninvasive CT scans of the heart’s vessels are far better at spotting clogged arteries that can trigger a heart attack than the commonly prescribed exercise stress that most patients with chest pain undergo. (source)
I wanted to share this information with you for many reasons:
  1. ViaScan takes pride in informing people of how they can manage his/her health and the more you know, the more proactive you’ll be making efforts to maintain good health
  2. Summer is the most active season of the year; therefore, the likelihood of heart complications is more prevalent.
  3. Heart disease can impact individuals at any physical-activity level
  4. You’ll be spending more time with family and friends as you start planning events and vacations. This is an opportunity to share with them the advantages of talking with their doctor on if they are a candidate of getting a heart scan. In addition, continue to accumulate rewards for your future scan through our Family and Friends Referral program
ViaScan has been performing an advanced form of CT scanning called EBCT for over 15 years. It is faster and more accurate at scanning moving organs such as heart, arteries and blood vessels than the more commonly used spiral CT scan. All heart scans are reviewed by a board-certified radiologist. A free consultation and review of your results are provided the same day.


Happy Movember

What is Movember? Movember is an annual movement that started in 2003 where men grow mustaches during November to promote men’s health in areas of prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health.

What is Prostate Cancer:

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2017 there will be about 161,360 new cases and 26,730 deaths from prostate cancer. This disease is treatable when discovered early. Unfortunately, it is challenging to detect symptoms during the early stages. Even though it is more common at the age of 50 years, there are rare occasions of it occurring in men under the age of 45 years. If you have any family history of prostate cancer, we advise you to have an open dialog about your risk factors with your doctor.

What Helps Prevent Prostate Cancer:

For years it has been proven that creating and adhering to a regular exercise routine improves mental and physical health. It’s never too late to get moving and find a local walk or running event. Visit https://www.getsetusa.com/texas/calendar.php to get some ideas! In addition to increasing physical activity, keeping a healthy weight by eating more fruits and vegetables are small lifestyle changes you can make that have a significant impact on preventing many diseases.

Doing Our Part:

ViaScan is an ambassador for health and this month; we are encouraging men and their families to start taking men’s health seriously. We are supporting Movember with a special promotion. Our goal is to help you initiate the preventative steps to detect and prevent prostate cancer as early as possible. For this month, we are combining our Wellness Body and Pelvis Scans at a discounted price of $695. That’s a $400 savings to get priceless information!

Call at (972) 739-2840 or visit our website to schedule an appointment and ask for the Movember promotion!


reat #1: ViaScan October Cancer Prevention Promotion

Spectacular ViaScan Fall Cancer Prevention Promotion exclusively for ViaScan website customers. Call ViaScan today and schedule quick, simple, non-invasive Virtual Colonoscopy for an unheard of cost of $895!!

Wow, this is 50% lower than ViaScan standard charge. Almost 85% lower than an invasive colonoscopy that also requires sedation!!

But wait! As if this is not amazing enough, how about adding a heart scan and body scan. These scans generally cost an additional $995, but you’ll get them FREE of charge!!

You are reading correctly! Call ViaScan at (972) 739-2840 or use our online form today and say you want the October Fall Cancer Prevention special.

Spectacular savings that include all three scans for a never seen before price of $895:

  1. Virtual Colonoscopy
  2. Heart Scan
  3. Body Scan!

This offer is a fantastic opportunity! Minimize your cost while ensuring future health for those without insurance or with high deductible insurance!!

ViaScan Virtual Colonoscopy is covered by insurance for those age 50 and older. We provide you with a superbill to send to your insurance company with costs that could go toward deductible or get reimbursed for some portion of your out of pocket costs for those who’ve met your deductible. Our practice is an out of network insurance provider.

What are you waiting on? Pick up the phone and call ViaScan now at (972) 739-2840 to schedule your October Cancer Prevention Virtual Colonoscopy Special. Our procedure is a colonoscopy with a scan – not a 6 ft. Colonoscope for only $895 plus receive an added benefit of an additional heart and body scan FREE Of CHARGE!!

Just remember, it’s not Prevention if you wait till a non-cancerous colon polyp turns into colon cancer!! Call ViaScan at (972) 739-2840 now!

Treat #2:

Add a carotid artery neck scan for stroke prevention to your body scan for only $99 more (normal cost=$495)


Call/schedule Virtual Colonoscopy scan for only $ 795 dollars – wow, normal cost for heart scan is $1,795 dollars. To make this a truly unbelievable offer – call ViaScan today at 972-739-2840 and add a heart & body scan at NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE !!!

Colon Cancer is only preventable cancer detected BEFORE it becomes cancerous!!!

Wow, for $795 dollars you receive $ 2,790 dollars worth of most advanced wellness scans available today! Don’t miss out on this 1 day only ViaScan Heart-Healthy New Year special – call ViaScan at 972-739-2840, you will be glad you did!

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• ViaScan Virtual Colonoscopy utilizes a scan NOT a 6-foot invasive scope

• ViaScan Virtual Colonoscopy – No Anesthesia, no driver required,
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