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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is Smart Heart & Health?
  2. What does the patient experience while undergoing a Smart Heart & Health scan?
  3. What procedures can patients receive as part of the Smart Heart & Health package?
  4. What is special about the various scans offered by Smart Heart & Health that differentiate you from others in the industry?
  5. What technology does Smart Heart & Health use to scan patients?
  6. Why is Smart Heart & Health launching now?
  7. Who should receive the Smart Heart & Health scan?
  8. If my physician assures me that I'm in good physical health, why should I undergo this procedure? How often is disease detected in asymptomatic patients?
  9. What happens if early or late stages of disease are detected by the scan? Will Smart Heart & Health help with treating the ailments?
  10. I am concerned about radiation, and no full body CT scanning facility has an alternative to radiation. How does Smart Heart & Health address this concern?
  11. Does insurance cover these various procedures?
  12. Where is Smart Heart & Health located?


Q. What is Smart Heart & Health?

A. Smart Heart & Health is the leading medical imaging center in Southern California offering patients the rare opportunity to detect the earliest signs of potentially deadly diseases via a non-invasive, painless scan of the body's interior. Smart Heart & Health scans look for the two most common killers, coronary heart disease and cancer, as well as a vast spectrum of other life-threatening afflictions. Smart Heart & Health is a comprehensive, preventive medicine solution available to anyone interested in prolonging the quality and length of life.



Q. What does the patient experience while undergoing a Smart Heart & Health scan?

A. At Smart Heart & Health, the patient is never subjected to feelings of physical discomfort or pain when receiving a scan. In fact, from the moment anyone arrives at our Santa Monica facility, our pleasant staff warmly welcomes you into a serene environment similar to a health spa or hotel lobby. Once invited back to experience the Smart Heart & Health scan, patients will remain fully clothed as they relax on the scanner. Painless electrodes will be placed upon the chest of the patient, who will be asked to take several deep breaths while the images of the body are taken. After 10 minutes, the procedure is complete, and the patient is now ready to meet privately with a trained expert for a three-dimensional virtual tour of the body.



Q. What procedures can patients receive as part of the Smart Heart & Health package?

A. Smart Heart & Health breaks its procedures up into three main categories: 1. Smart Heart, 2. Smart Health and 3. ZeroRad Scan™. Within each category, there are a variety of procedures offered. Please note that Smart Heart & Health highly recommends the Total Scan for its superior level of accuracy and comprehensiveness in disease detection. More information follows below:

1. SMART HEART

  • Calcium Score: Measures the amount of calcium (hard plaque) in the coronary artery walls and gives a numeric score that assesses risk level relative to other individuals in the same age and gender category.
  • Smart Heart Scan: Looks specifically for the build-up of soft plaque lining the arteries' walls through a non-invasive coronary angiogram

2. SMART HEALTH

  • Smart Health Scan: Detects hidden diseases, such as lung cancer, kidney tumors, liver tumors and abnormalities of the prostate, ovary, uterus, adrenal gland, spleen and gallbladder in addition to the heart.
  • Smart Vascular/Stroke Scan: Identifies narrowing in the neck and brain vasculature that put people at risk of strokes.
  • Smart Lung Scan: Detects early cancers and serves as an excellent screening tool for smokers, family members of smokers and anyone with a family history of lung disease.
  • Virtual Colonoscopy: Provides a detailed look at the interior of the colon in search of colon cancer.

3. ZeroRad Scan™

  • MRI Chest/Mediastinum: Detects tumors, lymph nodes, does not detect lung cancer. (Low dose chest CT is suggested to rule out early lung cancer if at risk).
  • MRI Abdomen: Detects tumors in liver, kidneys, spleen, lymph.
  • MRI Pelvis, Prostate: Detects tumors and disease in uterus, ovaries.


Q. What is special about the various scans offered by Smart Heart & Health that differentiate you from others in the industry?

A. While there are a number of organizations offering variations of the Smart Heart & Health scans, no other company of our stature has the advanced technology that enables multiple, high-resolution, cross-sectional, three-dimensional images of the body from head to toe. The ability to look deep into the body in a three-dimensional capacity allows our radiologists and doctors to more accurately spot the early signs of life-threatening disease, so the patient can arrest them before they rapidly spread throughout the body.



Q. What technology does Smart Heart & Health use to scan patients?

A. Smart Heart & Health uses a Siemens multi-detector spiral computed tomography (MDCT) scanner that is the only non-invasive machine that detects both calcium in the arterial walls, and, even more importantly, non-calcified soft plaque.

In most asymptomatic individuals, it is usually the unstable soft plaque that ruptures without forewarning, causing a heart attack or stroke. The same Siemens machine is used to scan the abdomen, lungs and pelvis for a broad spectrum of complications and conditions, ranging from cancers, aneurysms, gall stones, kidney stones, among many other diseases.



Q. Why is Smart Heart & Health launching now?

A. While it is true that CT scanners have existed for many years, the functionality of these machines has been limited to generating calcification scores, which quantitatively measure the build-up of hard plaque in the arteries. The MDCT scanner we employ at Smart Heart & Health is much more robust than traditional devices because it allows for disease detection significantly earlier than what are now pre-historic CT scanners. Smart Heart & Health had the opportunity to purchase a conventional CT scanner many years ago, however, opted to wait for the most powerful technology to ensure that its patients will receive the most advanced and precise medical evaluations.



Q. Who should receive the Smart Heart & Health scan?

A. Although one can never be too safe, we typically recommend Smart Heart & Health scans to men over the age of 35 and women over the age of 40. Furthermore, any adults with a combination of risk factors, such as a family history of disease, smokers, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, sedentary lifestyle and poor nutrition, should also be scanned at Smart Heart & Health.



Q. If my physician assures me that I'm in good physical health, why should I undergo this procedure? How often is disease detected in asymptomatic patients?

A. The experts at Smart Heart & Health strongly encourage everyone to receive an annual physical examination. In addition, we also believe that our procedures often serve as a great complement to the annual physical examination because our scans can detect even the most premature stages of disease by looking deep inside the body.



Q. What happens if early or late stages of disease are detected by the scan? Will Smart Heart & Health help with treating the ailments?

A. Our multi-disciplinary team of qualified professionals can certainly monitor the progress of disease as it spreads or reduces in the body. Smart Heart & Health does not directly treat the ailments, however, it has built a solid referral network of physicians. Smart Heart & Health believes that an integrated wellness solution consisting of continual visits to Smart Heart & Health, as well as lifestyle alterations is the best combination for patients diagnosed with symptoms of disease.



Q. I am concerned about radiation, and no full body CT scanning facility has an alternative to radiation. How does Smart Heart & Health address this concern?

A. Smart Heart and Health is one of the only facilities that can perform a complete body scan, calcium score and a complete non-invasive coronary artery angiogram to detect soft plaque of the coronary arteries. However, for the radiation conscious patient, we offer the only accurate, non-invasive, no radiation total body scan
called the ZeroRad Scan™ which uses alternative imaging modalities such as MR and ultrasound.



Q. Does insurance cover these various procedures?

A. Presently, insurance does not cover Smart Heart & Health scans. However, we strongly believe that the price to pay for our procedures is invaluable given the fact that we provide information on how people can live longer, healthier lives.



Q. Where is Smart Heart & Health located?

A. Smart Heart & Health is located in Santa Monica and soon in Beverly Hills:
2811 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403
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