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Low-Dose CT Scan for Lung Cancer

A Low-Dose CT Scan for lung cancer uses computed tomography (CT) to offer a low dose of X-rays, useful in the early detection of lung cancer. Lung cancer screening with a low-dose CT scan of the chest has been shown to be beneficial in high-risk patients.

How does it work?

In a CT scan, an x-ray beam moves in a circle around the patient’s body. It takes many images, called slices, of the lungs and inside the chest. A computer processes the images and displays them on a monitor. Contrast dye may be injected to highlight structural changes in the lungs and improve image quality.

Am I a good candidate for treatment?

Patients meeting these criteria should be screened:

  • 50 to 80 years old
  • Current smoker or quit smoking within the past 15 years
  • Have a “20-pack-year” smoking history (1 pack/day for 20 years or 2 packs/day for 10 years, etc.)

What can I expect after treatment?

The physician who orders the lung cancer screening will receive a report after the test. If the results indicate an abnormality, additional tests may be ordered. These include:

  • Bronchoscopy
  • Endobronchial Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy
  • Minimally-invasive VATS-Guided Biopsy
Note: Several of our diagnostic services are done using equipment leased from outside companies, and these external providers do require a copay. Please inquire about copays when scheduling an appointment.
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Should You Be Screened For Lung Cancer?

Lung cancer is cancer that originates in the lungs. There are two primary types: non-small cell lung cancer, which is the most common, and small cell lung cancer. Smoking, exposure to certain chemicals, and family history can all increase your risk for developing lung cancer.

The recommended screening test for lung cancer is low-dose computed tomography, also called a low-dose CT scan. This online risk assessment can help to determine if your family history, lifestyle, and any current symptoms make you an ideal candidate for more thorough screening.

Terms & Conditions

By participating in this quiz, or screening or health assessment, I recognize and accept all risks associated with it. I understand that the program will only screen for certain risk factors and does not constitute a complete physical exam. For the diagnosis of a medical problem, I must see a physician for a complete medical exam. I release Deborah Heart and Lung Center and any other organization(s) involved in this screening, and their employees and agents, from all liabilities, medical claims or expenses which may arise from my participation. Thank you for investing in your health by participating today.