Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Medicare or my insurance cover these screenings?

Medicare presently does not allow for coverage of these screenings.  Check with your health insurance company to see if they are covered.  We will furnish you a receipt for the screenings we perform.

Where does Screening America hold it’s screenings?

Screening America conducts screenings in communities across South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska.  Our screenings are held at schools, universities, hospitals, clinics, sports clubs, worship centers, business organizations, and community organizations.

Screenings are also available in-office upon request. For more information contact us at (605) 274-2525 or

Can I eat or drink anything before my screening?

If you are having a Sudden Cardiac Death Prevention Screening, there are no eating or drinking restrictions. If you are having a Stroke Screening, you will be instructed to refrain from eating or drinking for 4 hours prior to the test. When you schedule a screening, you will receive instructions. It is important for you to follow those instructions in order to get the most accurate results.

How long do the screenings take?

A typical screening takes about 10 minutes to complete the paperwork and 20 minutes to conduct the testing.

What kind of training have your ultrasonographers completed?

Our highly skilled, experienced ultrasonographers have all completed formal ultrasound programs, clinical rotations, and advanced training within their specialty field.

What are health screenings?

Health screenings focus on identifying the presence or absence of disease.   We will always “over-call” our results, as we want to report what we see.  If follow-up is recommended, you will need to make an appointment with your personal physician.  Your doctor is best able to determine if further evaluation is necessary.

How private is the screening area?

We take your privacy seriously, which is why we use private rooms or a privacy screen to isolate you from other patients.  Stroke Screenings do not require clothing to be removed.  For the Sports Heart Screening, young females are asked to wear a sports bra.  We also furnish a robe to help them feel more comfortable.

What should I wear?

During a Sudden Cardiac Death Prevention Screening male patients are required to remove their shirt.  Young ladies are required to wear a sports bra, and they will be furnished with a robe.

There are no special clothing requirements for the Stroke Screening, other than no pantyhose should be worn, as we need access to the ankles and feet to take blood pressures.

Are the screenings given by Screening America 100% accurate?

Screening America has taken every measure to ensure our screenings are of the highest quality.  These exams are abreviated screenings, however, and not full exams.  No test is 100% accurate, but our results are comparable to those you would receive in an accredited hospital vascular lab.

When do I get my results?

All screenings are reviewed by a board-certified physician who specializes in vascular or cardiac medicine.  Our reading physicians are some of the most respected, and experienced cardiac and vascular physicians in the region.  You should receive your results within 3-4 weeks of your scheduled screening.  Abnormal results require you to follow up with your personal physician who is best able to recommend if further evaluation is required.

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