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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.
  • 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 a radiologist who 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.