Health screening refers to various medical examinations carried out among individuals to determine whether they have any undiagnosed diseases. This will aid in detecting any such diseases at an earlier stage, which is highly beneficial for effectively treating the disease. When carried out periodically, health screening can help in maintaining one’s health.

Most affordable health clinics utilize preventive health screenings due to their effectiveness and are therefore employed throughout a community to identify those with any diseases from the rest. The importance of preventive health screenings is that they help in significantly improving the health outcomes among individuals. Described below are the types of preventive health screenings offered across our low-income clinics.


Ultrasound Screening

Ultrasound is widely used across all the major disciplines of medical science for obtaining detailed image structures of the interior of the body. It uses ultrasound, which are high-frequency sound waves for creating a detailed image of the body. These sound waves, when directed at a certain part of the body, will get reflected back, which is then used to create a detailed image.

Ultrasound screening is mostly used for monitoring and detecting the medical conditions prevailing in areas such as cardiology, ophthalmology, and obstetrics. Moreover, ultrasound’s most common application is in the area related to pregnancy, where it is used to ascertain the growth conditions of the fetus.

Most health screening services include state-of-the-art Doppler color flow ultrasound technology for detailed imaging for carotid artery disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm, bone mineral density, and ankle-brachial index screening. It is generally a painless and non-invasive method unlike many other methods used in medical diagnosis.

Finger Stick Blood Screening

Finger stick blood screening is another type of health screening utilized by community health clinics. It aids in detecting the risk factors associated with various heart ailments and diabetes. This is carried out by pricking the tip of the finger for taking a drop of blood, which is then analyzed by specialized blood screening instruments. Some of the blood screening offered by health clinics is full lipid profile, elevated liver enzymes, high sensitivity C-reactive protein, and glucose screening.

Electrocardiograph Screening

Electrocardiograph screening is a quicker non-invasive process of health screening. It is used for identifying any sort of atrial fibrillation or irregular heartbeat that can trigger strokes among individuals. Moreover, electrocardiograph screening is also used for determining the onset of any other diseases such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes.

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    About the Author

    Dr. Ghassan M. Al-Jazayrly, MD

    A graduate of University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Al-Jazayrly or, as he is colloquially known: Dr. AJ, is an oncologist and hematologist of a Complete Care Community Health Center (CCCHC) with more than 36 years of experience. In recent years, he’s been involved with a non profit organization known as Every Woman Counts (EWC) which provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to California’s underserved populations in order to eliminate health disparities for low-income individuals.

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