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.

We are currently performing CT lung screenings at our Elmont, Lynbrook, Merrick, Massapequa, Lindenhurst, West Islip, Smithtown, East Setauket, Stony Brook, Medford and Patchogue offices.

Who are candidates for a CT screening?

  • A current or former smoker
  • Smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (1 pack a day for 30 years, 2 packs a day for 15 years, 3 packs a day for 10 years)
  • Repeated exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Exposure to other cancer-causing agents (e.g. asbestos and radon)
  • 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.

    Why is lung screening important?

    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.

    Request an appointment online or call us to book your appointment. Once your appointment is booked, your forms will be available on the patient portal.

    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:

  • Have allergies, specifically to iodine.
  • Have any compromised kidney function or a history of kidney disease.
  • Are pregnant, think you may be pregnant or are breast feeding.
  • Are currently taking any medications.
  • Have any metal or implanted medical device in your body.
  • Have diabetes.
  • Have asthma.
  • Have any relevant studies from another facility. We like to compare the new MRI/PET study with any previous studies to assist in the diagnostic process.
  • 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.

    All of your signed reports and images are available to your referring doctor on our physician's web portal, and available to you on the patient web portal.