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Lung Cancer Screening

A CT lung cancer screening exam can detect lung cancer at its earliest, when it’s most treatable. This fast, painless, non-invasive exam can find even the tiniest of lung nodules long before they cause symptoms.

 

What You Need To Know

You are eligible if you:

  • Are 55 – 80 years old
  • Are a current smoker
  • Are a former smoker who has quit in the past 15 years
  • Have a history of at least 30 pack-years* of smoking
    * Pack-years means: (number of packs smoked per day) x (number of years smoked). For example, a person who smoked two packs of cigarettes per day for 20 years has a history of 40 pack years of smoking. This person would be eligible for lung cancer screening.

You may also be eligible if you:

  • Have been exposed to asbestos
  • Have been exposed to other occupational hazards like silica, cadmium, arsenic, beryllium, chromium, diesel fumes, nickel, coal smoke or soot

You are not eligible for lung cancer screening if you:

  • Have signs and symptoms of lung cancer
  • Have been treated for lung cancer
  • Are unable or unwilling to undergo treatment if lung cancer is found
  • In three of every 10 people, screening will find a minor abnormality, but most of these are nothing to worry about.
  • Some people will need further testing or procedures to confirm this. These tests may require more time and expense.
  • Occasionally, a biopsy is needed.
  • Our clinical teams are committed to capturing high-quality diagnostic images using the appropriate amount of radiation for you. While you are exposed to radiation during a CT exam, the benefits typically outweigh the long-term risks.
  • Be sure to tell us if you are pregnant, nursing, or if there is a chance you may be pregnant.

What To Expect

  • We’ll give you a call before your appointment to talk through preparation instructions and your past imaging exams.
  • Be sure to tell us if you are pregnant, nursing, or if there is a chance you may be pregnant.
  • On the day of your exam, please arrive 15 minutes early for check-in. If instructed to do so, please bring prior imaging results with you.
  • When you arrive, you will be led to a changing room and given a pair of scrubs to wear for your exam. You will be given a locker to store your clothes, and anything else you may have with you during your exam.
  • The technologist will help position you onto the scanner table. Your position and how much of your body will be inside the CT will depend upon the body part being scanned.
  • Once you are comfortably positioned, the technologist will go out of the room to run the scanner from a computer located directly next to the scanner suite, visible through the viewing window. The technologist will communicate with you throughout the exam and check to see how you are doing.
  • You will be asked to hold your breath for several seconds as pictures are taken.
  • When your scan is complete, you’ll be escorted back to the changing room so you can change out of the scrubs and back into your clothing.
  • Once you have changed, your appointment is complete. You do not need to check out with the front desk when you leave.
  • After the exam, your images will be sent electronically to one of our radiologists. This radiologist will review the information and send a report to your referring provider, typically within one to two business days.
  • You should follow up with your referring provider to discuss your results.