Health Screening Tests
3 AnswersDr. Gretchen M. Bosacker, MD , Family Medicine, answered
Normal body temperature is generally accepted to be 98.6°F or 37.0°C. However body temperature varies at different parts of the body. An oral temperature, which is the most convenient type of temperature measurement, is at 98.6°F or 37.0 °C. This is the accepted standard temperature for the normal core body temperature. Axillary temperatures are an external measurement taken in the armpit. This is the longest and most inaccurate way of measuring body temperature, the normal temperature falls at 97.6 °F or 36.4 °C, because the measure is taken external to the body. Rectal temperatures are an internal measurement taken in the rectum, and are slightly higher at 99.6 °F or 37.6 °C. Body temperature also varies by person, age, activity, and time of day.
1 AnswerIt depends on which screening you are having. Once you register for a screening, you will receive specific instructions. It is important for you to follow those directions in order to get the most accurate results.
1 AnswerThis is a personal decision, based on your risk factors and family history. For example, the National Stroke Association states that your risk of stroke increases with age and doubles every decade after age 55. We generally recommend vascular screening beginning at age 50; however, if you have diabetes, or a family history of stroke, heart disease, or abdominal aortic aneurysm, talk to your doctor about getting screened after age 40.
1 AnswerA typical screening takes several minutes to complete some paperwork and about one hour to conduct the screenings, depending on the number of tests, the level of disease, your vascular anatomy, and your body type.
1 AnswerLiver enzymes are typically not included in routine blood testing. Ask your physician if he or she is specifically checking for elevated liver enzymes, or see if your laboratory report includes results for ALT and AST.
It is recommended that your liver enzymes be tested at least once a year or as frequently as your doctor advises.
1 AnswerIf you are on cholesterol-lowering medication, including statins, fibrates, bile-acid resins, absorption inhibitors or nicotinic acid/niacin, it’s recommended your liver enzyme levels be checked regularly. Statin medications work by blocking the liver enzyme that is responsible for producing cholesterol. A side effect of some statins is elevated liver enzymes, indicating liver injury.
1 AnswerIf you are able to stand and support your weight, we can administer all our available screenings. We can assist you with turning around and sitting on the table and then assist you to help you lie down on the exam table.
If you are unable to stand and support your weight, we can perform the following tests can be performed:
- carotid artery ultrasound screening
- peripheral arterial disease screening
- osteoporosis risk assessment
- cholesterol (complete lipid panel)
- fasting glucose (diabetes)
- c-reactive protein ( CRP)