Mike Azzarello had a well-founded fear of cancer. Both of his parents died prematurely from the disease and he knew that there was a good chance that he was at risk. Instead of waiting until it was too late to do anything about it, Azzarello decided to get a preventative full body scan. Azzarello went to one of our facilities, Virtual Physical, in Maryland. As noted in a news report on the case, the name of the facility refers to the fact that a preventive scan is akin to a virtual tour of the insides of the body. Azzarello's virtual body tour revealed that he did indeed have a reason for concern. A 7-pound malignant tumor was discovered on his kidney. Finding the tumor before it had done significant damage to his body gave Azzarello a better chance at beating the disease.
Even people who don't find malignant tumors in their scans are often glad that they foot the bill for preventive imaging. "A lot of people come here just for peace of mind," says Denise Gscheidle of Virtual Physical in Rockville.