Lung Cancer Screening
The American Lung Association recommends low-dose CT scans for lung cancer screening in certain people who are at high risk for developing lung cancer. This includes people who are 55-80 years old, who are current smokers or have quit within the past 15 years, and have a 30 pack-year history of smoking, meaning a pack a day for 30 years, or 2 packs a day for 15 years.
Low-dose CT lung screenings are safer for patients than chest x-rays, because the radiation exposure is less. Computed Tomography (CT) scans also provide a more detailed, 2-D and 3-D view of the lungs, which can help your radiologist identify any potential problems in your scan results immediately, so your doctors can follow up with additional tests to diagnose or rule out lung cancer as soon as possible. Detecting and treating lung cancer before it has a chance to spread increases the 5-year survival rate to 50 percent, and CT lung screenings give significantly higher chances of catching lung cancer while it’s still localized and lesions are tiny. In fact, a study by the National Cancer Institute found the low-dose CT scans can help reduce mortality from lung cancer by 20 percent, in comparison to chest x-rays.
Desert Medical Imaging offers low-dose CT scans for lung cancer screening at all three of our locations.