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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:

  • 55 to 80 years old
  • Current smoker or quit smoking less than 15 years ago
  • Have a “30-pack-year” smoking history (1 pack/day for 30 years or 2 packs/day for 15 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

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.