What is involved in taking a Prenuvo scan

Above all, we want our patients to have a great experience, and so we want you to be informed about what is involved in getting a Prenuvo scan. If you have any questions, we encourage you to reach out to our helpful Care team.
 

Informed by thousands of patients over the years, we have developed a process for imaging your body that is both comfortable and effective for obtaining high quality images.

Wayne Picker, Head MRI Technologist

Step by step through a Prenuvo scan

A walkthrough of the entire Prenuvo scan experience.

1. Medical history

Your Prenuvo experience begins with you providing us with some information about your personal and family medical history as well as any symptoms you may have via a secure online questionnaire.

We use this information to ensure that the scan you have chosen can help answer any questions or concerns you may have. Additionally, we are made aware of anything in your history that might counter-indicate an MRI or affect the accuracy of our findings.

Medical History

2. Practitioner review

An independent medical practitioner will then review your information to ensure that a Prenuvo scan is appropriate for you.

If you have specific symptoms related to one part of the body, the practitioner may suggest a dedicated MRI rather than a Prenuvo scan.

Occasionally the practitioner will call you to discuss the scan but this is generally not necessary.

Practitioner review

3. Day of scan preparation

To ensure the clearest images possible, please only drink clear liquids in the 4 hours before your scan. Black tea or coffee is okay, but remember, you will be laying still for an hour, so we recommend you limit fluid intake until after your scan.

As the Prenuvo scan uses an MRI, you will be required to remove all jewelry and piercings before entering the scan room. If possible, please remove these at home before arriving for your scan.

Day of scan preparation

4. MRI technologist briefing

One of our experienced MRI technologists will explain the scan and what it involves.

The technologist will review your MRI safety questions to ensure you are safe to enter the scan room. They will also clarify any areas of your medical and family history that may be relevant.

MRI tech briefing

5.Entering the scanner

It is now time to get into the scanner. You will lay down and we will rest some light receiver coils on you which will capture the signal for the images. These coils ensure that we can obtain the best quality images in the shortest time possible. You will also be given hearing protection and an emergency squeeze ball that can be used to alert of the technologist of an emergency.

Getting in the machine

6. Scanning and monitoring

Once the coils are set up, you are now ready to be scanned. Your scan will take from 25 minutes to 75 minutes depending on the scan package that you chose.

Your MRI technologist will be nearby to monitor the process throughout. You can speak with them when necessary. You can relax or listen to music - whatever makes you the most comfortable.

At one point during the scan you will be required to hold your breath a few times to help us obtain detailed images of your abdomen.

Monitoring during the scan

7. Radiologist reading

A Prenuvo trained radiologist (one of the very few in the world who can read our whole body scans) will analyze up to 2000 images of your body which were taken during your scan.

Within 5-10 business days the review will be complete your results will be ready.

Radiology

8. Your Prenuvo report

Once completed, your Prenuvo scan will be released. Your doctor will receive the medical report which details every organ that we scanned. By early 2020 we will be launching our mobile app where you will receive web and mobile access to your report and images.

If there are serious findings (for example, cancer) we will call your doctor as soon as possible to alert them to these findings.

Report

9. Follow up and specialist recommendations

Should you need further assistance, we can recommend doctors and specialists in your region.

Your groundbreaking Prenuvo experience is complete.

Report