This full-body MRI scan could save your life


This post is by Robert Scoble from Scobleizer


This summer a 40-year-old friend and brilliant software engineer, Brandon Wirtz, died due to colon cancer and my dad died of pancreatic cancer too. At first neither of their doctors diagnosed properly (Brandon was frequently getting sick and my dad kept having more and more problems). Ever since Brandon discovered his cancer, I’ve started taking healthcare more seriously, wondering if there’s a way to diagnose such diseases earlier.

Last week a new clinic, Prenuvo, opened near San Francisco, that promises to do just that by doing a full-body MRI scan (Magnetic Resonance Imaging). This is like a high-resolution X-ray machine except it doesn’t use radiation to make its images.

I was lucky enough to be one of the first to be scanned in its new location (it has been doing such scans for a decade up in Vancouver, Canada) by founder, Dr Raj Attariwala. Here I filmed the consultation with Dr. Raj right after my scans were done.

The process? You pay $2,500. You spend an hour inside an MRI machine. For me, it was a chance to hold perfectly still for an hour, while I listened to the machine whir and buzz around me. After the hour, it takes a few minutes to process your images and then you sit down with a doctor, like I did here.

Luckily for me I got a pretty clean bill of health but you can see this is a powerful diagnostic tool to help doctors find dozens of problems before they become (Read more…)