Lung Cancer Screening
CT Lung Screening is a low radiation dose, contrast free scan which allows the radiologist to see the location, nature, and extent of many different diseases or abnormalities within your lungs. The screening uses computed tomography (CT) scans in an attempt to detect lung cancer at an early stage, when treatment can be more effective. Lung cancer is the second leading cause of death, behind heart disease. Most lung cancer patients with advanced staging of the disease carry a 5-year survival rate of less than 1 in 5 (20%). However, with CT Lung Screening, pulmonary nodules can be detected early, and the 5-year survival rate is increased significantly (85-100%).
What will the exam be like?
You will lie comfortably on the CT exam table. The table will move slowly into the CT scanner. The X-ray tube will move around as it captures images. A CT scan usually takes 15 to 30 minutes.
The program is open to current and former smokers, age 55 to 77, with a smoking history of at least 30 pack years—that is, one pack per day for 30 years, two packs per day for 15 years, and so on. Call Hillsborough Radiology Centers to see if you qualify for this life saving imaging study at 908-874-7600.
A physician’s order is required for the scan, ensuring that the results and any necessary follow-up care are discussed with the patient’s physician and, if appropriate, a specialist who treats pulmonary nodules. A special
prompt pay fee is available for the uninsured.