By the way, doctor: Should I be tested at Life Line Screening?

Q. Do you recommend preventive screening for vascular disease through companies such as Life Line Screening? I just got a notice for one that also includes osteoporosis testing.

A. Life Line Screening is one of many commercial companies that offer noninvasive tests to screen for several conditions in people without symptoms. The screenings are provided in mobile vans set up in local communities and are sold as packages ranging from two tests to as many as seven. Technicians perform the tests, and off-site physicians interpret the results. Recipients receive formal reports within a few weeks.

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