Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Where does Life Line Screening conduct screenings?
A. We have more than 80 ultrasound teams that provide local screenings in communities across all 48 contiguous US states. We also provide screenings in the United Kingdom. We use rooms in facilities such as places of worship, senior centers, civic buildings, community centers and corporations.
Q. Can I eat or drink anything before these screenings?
A. It 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. You can also find the instructions for all our different screenings listed here.
Q. How long do the screenings take?
A. A typical screening takes just over an hour, including several minutes of paperwork before the actually screening process. Exact time depends on the number of tests, the level of disease, your vascular anatomy and your body type. Accuracy and quality output are essential to us, so we make every effort to balance that with respect for your schedule.
Q. What type of equipment is used?
A. We use the same state-of-the-art technologies that are standard in hospitals across the country for all our screenings. We are continually evaluating new equipment to ensure that our equipment is the most advanced.
Q. What kind of training have your ultrasound technologists received?
A. Our highly skilled, experienced sonographers and medical technologists have all completed formal medical and ultrasound programs, clinical rotations and specialized training. We employ over 700 highly trained healthcare professionals, more than any other screening company in the United States.
Q. Why are your screenings shorter than those performed in hospitals?
A. Our aim is to identify the presence of an unrecognized health problem and to encourage those with significant disease to follow up with their personal physician for a more detailed evaluation. We do this by offering simple, accurate, affordable screenings that detect whether or not the more costly comprehensive exam is necessary.
Q. I am concerned about privacy. How private is the screening area?
A. We take your privacy seriously, which is why we always use privacy screens to separate the screening area from the waiting area. You need not remove any clothing for our screenings other than your shoes and socks.
Q. What screenings can I get if I use a wheelchair?
A. If 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. You are welcome to bring an assistant to help you in any way.
- Carotid artery ultrasound screening
- Peripheral arterial disease screening
- Osteoporosis risk assessment
- Cholesterol (complete lipid panel)
- Fasting glucose (diabetes)
- C-reactive protein ( CRP)
Q. How accurate are your health screenings?
A. By adhering to strict protocols, hiring highly qualified staff and using state-of-the-art equipment, we are dedicated to providing you with the most accurate results. In fact, in clinical studies Life Line Screening results were shown to be comparable to those you would receive in accredited vascular labs.
Q. Are the screenings given by Life Line Screening 100% accurate?
A. Life Line Screening is aware of the concerns surrounding the quality of preventive public health screenings, and has taken every measure to ensure our screenings are of the highest quality. No test is 100% accurate, but our results are comparable to those you would receive in an accredited hospital vascular lab.
Life Line Screening uses state-of-the-art ultrasound technology and highly skilled sonographers to perform our screenings. As part of our strict quality control, all results are then reviewed by board-certified physicians to ensure accuracy. Written reports are mailed to the participants within 15 days, and they are encouraged to share the reports with their physicians.
We are also engaged in ongoing research with first-tier medical institutions to help advance the understanding of the causes of vascular disease and to further our public health initiatives.
Q. How can you assure the consistency and reliability of your machines?
A. All machines perform a self-diagnostic check and continually recalibrate throughout the day. They also undergo regular maintenance check-ups.