What is CT Smoker's Lung Screeing?
A CT lung screening is a quick, low-dose CT exam that looks at the lungs for cancer before there are any symptoms. If lung cancer is detected at a very early stage, it may be more likely to be treated and cured. Early detection and treatment has shown to reduce deaths from lung cancer.
The best way to prevent lung cancer is to never smoke or stop smoking now. If you are still smoking, talk to your doctor about ways to help you quit smoking.
Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. This disease is responsible for more deaths annually than breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers combined. In the United States, the lifetime risk of developing invasive lung cancer is 1 in 17 for men and 1 in 18 for women.
It is estimated that over 80% of lung cancers could be cured if detected at an early stage.
How do I prepare?
No preparation is needed. Wear comfortable clothes and take your normal medications. Be sure to inform the receptionist and technologist if there is any chance of pregnancy.
What do I do when I arrive?
Present your prescription, insurance card and completed forms at the front desk. If any additional forms are required, they will be given to you at this time.
Be sure to inform the receptionist and technologist if you:
Plan to arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment.
What happens during the test?
A CT lung screening is performed on a multi-slice spiral CT (computed tomography) scanner, which uses a rotating X-ray beam to take many thin pictures, or "slices" of inside the body. CT is able to detect much smaller cancers than standard chest X-rays.
During the scan you will lie on the CT table and it will move into the center of the CT unit for the pictures to be acquired. The entire scan takes about 20 seconds.
What happens after the test?
One of our board certified radiologists interprets your images, compares them to any previous studies and dictates a report which is transcribed, proofread and signed. The report is then faxed and mailed to your referring doctor within one or two days. Your doctor will read the report and review the findings with you.