Inner Imaging Body Scans

Inner Imaging is at 307 East 63rd Street in Manhattan. To schedule an appointment, call (212) 777-8900 -- but first, read through the following information and the information on their web site, linked at the end of this article. Also see, at the end of this story, The Chief-Leader newspaper article from their June 8, 2007 issue. 


Since the attacks on the World Trade Center, and the rescue, recovery, and clean-up efforts that followed, many of our members have become ill from an assortment of ailments, including respiratory problems, cancers, and other diseases that vary in magnitude.
While the DEA has been promoting the work of the WTC Medical Screening Program at Mt. Sinai and the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program of the American Red Cross, we feel a more pro-active course needs to be taken. 
Therefore, in conjunction with Inner Imaging, an affiliate of the Heart Institute at Beth Israel Medical Center, the Board of Trustees of the DEA have created an arrangement for a deeply discounted price for a medical screening examination for DEA members.
The DEA has been successful in negotiating a deeply discounted price for a "body scan" — an exam which includes four tests: for the heart, the lungs, the abdomen, and the pelvic area. While the price for this full body exam is approximately $850, the DEA has been able to reduce the price for our ACTIVE members to $375.

For active members, the DEA will subsidize $200 of that cost. Therefore, active members will pay only $175 for this one-time, members-only body scan.
The importance of this scan is that it can detect, at early stages, those factors which can lead to seriously debilitating or even fatal disease. We hope that this $850 value for only $150 will act as an incentive for our members to take advantage of this important preventative program: our goal is to keep our membership healthy and to save lives. 
Below, please find some basic facts concerning these medical scans.
To pursue your body scan, call the DEA Health Benefits Office at (212) 587-9120and our staff will explain the process to you. Inner Imaging has also created an on-line scheduling method exclusively for DEA members at
 The DEA Board of Trustees feel strongly that this procedure can be of great benefit to your health and welfare, and that is why we stress its importance as we go forward in dealing with the unknown ramifications of the medical effects of 9/11.

 Police work is a highly stressful profession and we all know how much stress can affect the heart and play a contributing role in heart attacks. More than 1.5 million people suffer heart attacks each year, and over 30% of those attacks are fatal. Coronary artery disease is a leading cause of those attacks. 68% of these sudden heart attacks are in arteries that are less that 50% blocked and that blockage cannot be detected with traditional stress testing. Inner Imaging believes its heart scan can identify coronary artery disease as much as 15-17 years before symptoms occur with an accuracy rate of 98%.

 Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. In light of 9/11 and the toxic substances our members have been exposed to, we are extremely concerned about respiratory illness. Electron Beam Tomography scanning (EBT) is ten times more sensitive than a regular chest x-ray and can detect the early development of lung diseases. The current survival rate of lung cancer is only 12-15%. Inner Imaging believes that early detection of lung cancer with EBT scanning can potentially change the survival rate to greater than 80%.
 There is a spike in some organ cancers found in those who were involved in the rescue, recovery, and clean-up efforts of 9/11 and in those who worked at Ground Zero, the landfill, and the morgue. The abdomen and pelvis exams are used to identify early stages of disease in the organs of your abdomen and pelvis areas, such as the liver and intestines


Reprinted with permission from The Chief-Leader newspaper, June 8, 2007 edition.
 NYPD Cops at Greater Risk of Heart Disease; DEA Program Finding More Damage Than In General Public
 Initial results from a unique heart‑scan testing system have shown that Detectives and other NYPD officers have exhibited increased signs of coronary artery disease at a younger age than the general population.
 Based on prior data, 2 percent of men under 40 showed some level of plaque or calcium buildup in their hearts, according to Inner Imaging, which is affiliated with Beth Israel Medical Center. In contrast, 17.7 percent of the 2,000 Detectives screened with the Electron‑Beam CAT Scan since last summer have displayed artery ailments, Inner Imaging officials said.
 Earlier and Worse
 "It is starting earlier and much more aggressive," said Albert E. Barrette, the managing director of Inner Imaging.
 The test, called the Imatron Ultrafast Electron Beam Scanner, has the ability to "predict heart attacks," he added. Several of the city's uniformed unions are following the Detectives' Endowment Association's lead and offering the screening to their members at a reduced price.
 The medical field, however, has been slow to embrace the new technology. "Most of the negatives are pure ignorance," argued Mr. Barrette, who has tested himself four times. "It's just such a difficult struggle trying to separate ourselves."
 The Fire Department and practically all the city's cardiologists have generally

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