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CT Lung Cancer Screening

For heavy smokers (past and present), a low-dose CT Lung Cancer Screening may very well be a lifesaver. CT Lung Cancer Screenings are highly sensitive and can help physicians find tumors and cancer-related abnormalities at a very early stage — smaller than 1 cm in size. Early detection greatly improves treatability and survival rates. In fact, CT Lung Cancer Screenings have proven to reduce the risk of death from lung cancer by 20 percent. Moreover, most insurance providers in the state now cover CT Lung Cancer Screenings without requiring a co-pay for patients referred by their physicians.


Is It Right for You?

The American Cancer Society guidelines suggest CT Lung Cancer Screenings for high-risk patients. This includes anyone who has smoked a total of 30 pack years or more (a pack a day for 30 years, two packs a day for 15 years, etc.) in his or her life, even if that person has quit. Individuals who fall into this risk category and are between the ages of 55 and 74 should consider being screened annually.

Other factors that exacerbate the effects of smoking, such as a family history of cancer or significant exposure to airborne carcinogens, should also be considered when determining if and at what age you should be screened. It’s important to discuss all factors with your physician. Patients must have a physician referral to receive a CT Lung Cancer Screening from Advanced Imaging.

Once you’ve been referred by a physician, you’ll have access to a free consultation by cardiothoraic and vascular surgeon Stephen Tahta to discuss the pros and cons of the procedure.


The Procedure

Advanced Imaging is the area's first CT Lung Cancer Screening Center to be specifically designated by the American College of Radiology. We follow a nationally standardized screening protocol and maintain our equipment to ensure a low-dose (of radiation) CT examination while still delivering the necessary diagnostic image quality. Our radiologists are trained in the image acquisition and interpretation specific for this type of screening.

CT Lung Cancer Screenings require no dye. Patients simply lie still on the CT bed for a few seconds and the scanning is complete. Radiologists review the scans and consult with the patient’s physician on findings.

It’s important to note that false positives do occur and may lead to further testing and biopsy. We work closely with your physician to minimize that risk and follow a conservative path in line with your medical history and health.


Next Steps

If you believe you may be a candidate for CT Lung Cancer Screening, we encourage you to take the following steps:


For more information on CT Lung Cancer Screenings, we recommend the following resources.

American Cancer Society

Mayo Clinic

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute






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