A Prenuvo scan outperforms other modalities
A Prenuvo scan can't be compared to what is commonly marketed as 'whole body MRI'. The hardware and software we use, together with our approach to radiology, is so fundamentally different that it is almost its own imaging modality.
Comparison with other common full body imaging modalitiesHere we compare the Prenuvo scan against standard whole-body MRI as well as other imaging modalities frequently used for screening.
Standard WB MRI
Early MRIs were very narrow and it was not unusual to feel claustrophobic during the procedure. Without the ability to run advanced sequences, they tended to be highly sensitive to finding abnormalities but not great at telling apart benign from malignant tumors. High levels of false positives made traditional MRI ineffective as a screening test.
CT scan is great for showing densities in organs, but is not useful for determining what these densities are. The main benefit from a CT scan is that it can assess heart and coronary artery calcifications extremely well. However there is an increased risk of cancer because the patient receives a high dose of radiation and thus it is not recommended for periodic screening.
PET scans are primarily used to stage a cancer after it is found. It does this by measuring how active a tumor is metabolically. PET scans use radioactive tracers and CT images, both of which subject a patient to radiation. PET scan cannot check the kidneys or bladder for cancers since the radioactive contrast is excreted through them and is highly concentrated in these areas during the scan. Owing this lack of coverage and dose of radiation, a PET is not recommended for periodic screening.
Annual doctor's physical
Many of us have an annual physical because we care about our health, our employer requires it or our insurance provider pays for it. The problem with annual physicals is that they are typically very cursory, which is why most studies have shown them to be ineffective.
Over thousands of scans we have been amazed to find abnormal features that are as large as a football that are missed by routine screening.
Genetic disease screen
We are big believes at Prenuvo in the power of genetics to provide insights into your health. For a small number of diseases such as breast cancer and Alzheimer's disease, genetics can play a big role. In fact we offer genetic testing to customers who come in for a scan.
However, taken alone, genetic testing only tells you something about your risk, not whether you have the disease.