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Prenuvo Scans

Conditions We Scan For

We can identify over 500 common and rare conditions, including some that are not listed below. Learn more about the conditions Prenuvo can help with and reach out if you have any questions about particular conditions that you are interested in.

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There are three types of Prenuvo scans to choose from, depending on how many areas of the body need to be analyzed.

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Abdomen and pelvis lymph nodes

Abdominopelvic lymph nodes are present throughout the abdominal pelvic cavity, and serve to drain the lymphatic fluid from around the visceral organs, the body walls, as well as the pelvis and legs.These lymph nodes are adjacent to the visceral organs, and are also commonly found adjacent to the large blood vessels. Enlargement of these lymph nodes can be secondary to increased fluid and/or cells. This can be due to an inflammatory condition, or infection, however in some cases, the nodes may be enlarged secondary to a malignant condition where filtering of tumor cells are filling and therefore enlarging the lymph nodes. The location of these abnormal appearing lymph nodes can help provide information as to what or where a possible problem may be arising from.

Absent kidney

Absent kidney can be due to surgical removal (nephrectomy), or it can also occur genetically and is then called renal agenesis. Renal agenesis is a condition when the kidney never formed during fetal development. Agenesis is usually unilateral and is not a major health concern as long as the other kidney is healthy. It is usually detected during prenatal ultrasounds. Bilateral agenesis is rare and would be detected prenatally or at birth.

Accessory spleen

An accessory spleen (also known as splenunculus or a splenule) is a small nodule of splenic tissue which is not connected to the rest of the spleen. They are benign and asymptomatic.

Acoustic schwannoma

An acoustic schwannoma (also known as acoustic neuroma or vestibular neuroma) is a benign tumor that develops around a nerve in the inner ear. This tumor grows around and compresses either the auditory (cochlear -for hearing) or vestibular (for balance) nerves leading from your ear to the brain. The Prenuvo scan is not intended to look at individual nerves of the central nervous system, thus this finding (if present) represents a large mass lesion.

Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM)

Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) is an autoimmune disease where a brief, but widespread inflammatory event occurs which damages the protective coating of nerves (myelin). ADEM often occurs after a viral or bacterial infection. It has also been shown to occur rarely after certain vaccinations.

Adenomyomatosis

Adenomyomatosis is benign thickening of the gallbladder wall which can occur normally or as residua of an inflamed gallbladder (cholecystitis).

Adrenal abscess

An adrenal abscess is a rare pus filled benign lesion of the adrenal gland. The abscess usually accumulates secondary to an acute infection elsewhere in the body which has spread through the bloodstream to the adrenal glands. It would be quite unusual to detect an adrenal abscess on any imaging outside of a hospital setting, as patients with an infection that has entered into the bloodstream would be very ill.

Adrenal adenoma

Adrenal adenomas are benign, usually asymptomatic lesions arising from the cortex (outer component) of the adrenal gland. On imaging, the adenomas can be classified as typical or atypical. Typical adenomas are able to be confidently identified on your Prenuvo scan. They are usually less than 3cm in size. Atypical adenomas are not able to be classified and will need repeat imaging to see if they change in addition to baseline adrenal biochemical testing. Of the typical adenomas, they can be further classified as functional or nonfunctional based on whether the adenoma leads to an increased secretion from within the adrenal gland. Only 5% of all adenomas are functional. The symptoms of a functioning adenoma are related to the location of the adenoma within the adrenal gland, causing them to secrete higher than usual amounts of either cortisol, aldosterone or sex hormone.

Adrenal cortical carcinoma

Adrenal cortical carcinoma is a very rare but aggressive form of cancer which originates in the outer layer (cortex) of the adrenal gland. It can be hormonally active, and then cause an increase in hormone production, or hormonally inactive, where it maintains normal hormone production.

Can I be scanned if I have a pacemaker?

Unfortunately at this time, we are unable to scan people with pacemakers. There is a risk that the MRI magnetic fields will disrupt its operation, and we don't want that.

Can I have an MRI if I have a prosthetic implant?

There are many different types of implants. We will need to know more about what you have. The good news is that almost all implants are MRI-safe. There is a chance the implant will affect the images we can get from the surrounding tissues.

Can I have an MRI if I have an IUD?

Yes. Almost all IUDs are MRI-safe. Regardless, we check the MRI safety of all devices. Common MRI-safe IUDs are the Mirena and the Copper T.

Can I have an MRI if I have epilepsy?

Yes you can. There will be extra precautions we will take to ensure your safety while in the machine, so please inform staff before entering the MRI.

Can I have an MRI if I have fillings or gold teeth?

Yes. This is completely safe.

Can I have an MRI if I have tattoos?

Yes, people with tattoos can be scanned. There is a small chance of warming in the area of the tattoo but this very rarely occurs. Please inform staff before entering the MRI so we are aware.

Can I have an MRI if I worked in the metal industry?

If there is a chance that there are metal fragments in your body, particularly in the eyes, we will require a quick x-ray to ensure that it is safe for you to do a scan. The X-ray can be ordered if you contact us a week or two before your scan.

Do dental implants get affected by MRIs?

No. It is safe to have an MRI with dental implants. For image quality, we will ask you to remove dentures if they are on a metallic plate.

How can you detect Alzheimer's disease?

We do a very detailed examination of the brain in our Comprehensive Prenuvo scan. We use this in three ways. __First__, if you have advanced Alzheimer's it will be visible in the images of your brain. __Second__, using detailed MRI images of segments of the brain, we can start to see the loss of tissue in concerning areas of the temporal lobes which is indicative of Alzheimer's. __Third__, we use the images from your first scan as a baseline for your brain volume and then can compare this to your next reading taken when you come in for future scans. Any changes in brain volume will be apparent. If you are concerned about having Alzheimer's, we suggest you also undergo a clinical cognitive assessment.

If I do a Prenuvo scan do I still need to do a colonoscopy?

While unpleasant, a colonoscopy is a very good examination of the colon. It is used to see and remove precancerous polyps before they have the opportunity to develop into cancer. On occasion, a colonoscopy may not be able to visualize all the way through the colon. Similarly, the Prenuvo scan may not always see small polyps in the colon as they will be mixed in with the stool. We can see colon cancer once it has entered the colon wall (still Stage 1). So it is worth thinking of the Prenuvo scan as a backup to a colonoscopy, not as a replacement for it.

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