Medical specialists and researchers have today acknowledged the importance of early screening. People are advised to get screening for diseases like cancer and other genetic diseases as early as possible. Although screening is key to survival and better life of the patient, most hospitals do not offer screening for all chronic diseases. They specialize in cancer. For those hospitals offering screening, it is at times very expensive that the average citizen cannot afford.
Lifeline Screening discovered this gap, and since it was founded in 1993 by Colin Scully and Timothy Phillips, the company has expanded in both its geographical coverage as well as in the number of tests carried out. The company expanded its operations to serve the United Kingdom in 2007. In 2012, it extended its services to Australia. Lifeline screening provides screening services for diabetes, cholesterol count, inflammation, ultrasound screening, finger-stick blood screenings and limited electrocardiograph to adult.
Limited Electrocardiograph Screening
Although the use of electrocardiographs is not one of the best procedures in detecting cardiovascular irregularities, they are non-invasive and are painless. They also serve a major role in detecting irregular patterns in heartbeat. Early detection of such irregularities is vital in preventing risks of stroke among other heart related complications.
Heart diseases claim the lives of many people every year. The risk factors associated with cardiovascular diseases can stay in the body for several years without showing any signs. It is, thus, important to go for regular checkups and screening to help curb the disease before its onset. Some of the risk factors include having a family member who has suffered from cardiovascular disease, advance in age, smoking and hypertension. Male are under a higher risk than females.
Ultra sound screening techniques utilize sound waves to examine a given area. It is commonly used with pregnant women. Just like electrocardiograph, the procedure is painless and non-invasive. At Lifeline Screening, the latest technology of Doppler color flow is used when carrying out ultrasound screens. The screening are used for bone mineral density screening and abdominal aortic aneurysm among others.
Finger-Stick Blood Screening
The screening is done by getting a blood sample from the soft pad of the finger. The blood is then used for complete lipid panel screening, glucose screening and elevated liver enzymes screening among others.
Lifeline Screening uses the latest technology to help in early detection of diseases. Its employees are licensed professionals who work hand in hand with insurance companies to ensure patients get quality services. According to Andrew Manganaro, who is the chief medical officer of Lifeline, the company has screened over 8 million people.