Health screening assists the doctor whether you have developed any medical condition or disease! It is necessary as not all disease exhibits symptoms and some can develop in dormant manner. As a result, in later stages it increases the risk of death and further complications.
With spectrum of conditions and diseases, which one will you test for? You need to choose the most common health screening package as they are most usual to invade your health. For instance, obesity is the problem easily figured by checking weight and height of the individual. Screening is sensitive without invasion. For instance, simple radiological investigations like ultrasound, X-rays, stool, urine and blood test. Biopsy is invasive and doctor doesn’t offer it for routine examination.
Moreover, different clinics offer various screening packages; some with comprehensive and some with basic ones. Read on this blog to know the difference within comprehensive and basic health screening.
Basic health screening
Generally, basic health screening comprises of physical examination by the doctor. It includes urine and blood investigations, bio-physical measurements (colour vision, visual acuity, body mass index, weight and height).
- Blood test screens
- Liver function
- Kidney function
- Cholesterol levels
- Sugar levels
- Blood count
Blood test detects the blood count for checking unusual clotting aspects, unusual immune cells and anaemia. It looks for sugar levels (diabetes screening test), liver function, kidney function and cholesterol.
Urine test becomes necessary for detecting presence of glucose in urine, urine infection and protein or blood in urine. Accordingly doctor can diagnose for other kidney infections, kidney stones, tumours, infection and kidney disease.
Screening centre involves chest X-ray that looks for lung abnormalities and electrocardiogram (ECG) (heart disease screening). Basic package consumes half an hour to 2-hour to finish. It is suitable for the young patients with no family medical history of hereditary conditions and past health history. One needs to do this test once in three years. Book a health screening today at any of your nearby clinic.
Comprehensive health screening
Comprehensive screening package comprises of the above options along with other tests. It includes;
- ABO blood group
- Hepatitis A and B screening
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Cancer markers
- Thyroid hormone levels
Plus, stool test becomes essential to trace the blood presence in it. It helps in the detection of colon cancer. However, blood traces in stool can present because of other conditions as well haemorrhoids (piles).
Pap smear is important for the women within 25-65 years of age having sexual intercourse. It helps in cervical cancer screening and one needs to undergo it once in every three year. BMD (Bone Mineral Density) is the test using X-ray to detect the osteoporosis that weakens the bone increasing fracture risk. It is pertinent for the women about 65 years of age or having multiple health conditions. Considering the risk, the doctor will suggest this test.
Mammogram or breast ultrasound is imperative for the women about 40 years of age. It checks for breast conditions by figuring out the trace of breast cancer. Till 49 years of age one should do it every year afterwards once in 2 years is acceptable.
Other radiological test will include like
- Abdomen ultrasound to check kidneys, gall bladder and liver
- Thyroid ultrasound for screening thyroid gland
Also other tests can include in the list. Accordingly, it can consume 1 hour to a day to finish.
Executive health screening (EHS)
Apart from the above two, there is another kind of test namely EHS (Executive Health Screening) package. With EHS, there is minimal waiting as everyone comes with the fixed appointment. In such instances, every services comprising of radiological, blood investigations and physical examination will carry out at a centre.
There is no need to another visit for ultrasound or X-ray test. If any certain condition detects on the result at Health Screening Clinic, doctor will refer the patient to the specialists.
Make your appointment today!