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Whole-Body Scans to Screen for Cancer (ACPM)

Campaign Series: Choosing Wisely
Medical Category: Imaging
Article Type: Advice
Language: Plain English, Spanish
Affiliation: American College of Preventive Medicine
Format: HTML, PDF
Most recent update: 08/22/2015
Whole-body scans are imaging tests, usually marketed directly to consumers, that are said to help find cancer and other diseases early. But no medical society recommends them. That's because there is no evidence that the scans are a good screening tool.