Early lung cancer detection with CT Screening
Jan 20, 2015
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, according to the National Cancer Institute. Tobacco smoking is the main risk factor for developing lung cancer.
A CT Lung Cancer Screening is an important screening test used to detect lung cancer before signs or symptoms appear – at its earliest, most curable stage. The screening is a quick CT scan of the chest and lungs. CT scans are able to detect very small nodules in the lung.
Early lung cancer used to be detected with a chest x-ray. However, recent medical studies have shown that low-dose CT scans provide better results. In 2010, the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) found 20% fewer lung cancer deaths among participants screened with low-dose CT compared to those screened with chest X-rays.
Who should have this screening?
• Men and women who are between the ages of 55 to 80
• Current or former smokers (quit within last 15 years)
• 30 pack year history (number of packs per day x number of years smoked)
One of our board-certified radiologists will look for any nodules, or abnormalities, in the lungs and surrounding areas. Many nodules will be non-cancerous and require no treatment; some may require further testing and/or evaluation, which will be noted by the radiologist. If there is an area of concern, Suburban Imaging immediately informs your doctor.
Some insurance companies now cover CT Lung Cancer Screening, including:
• BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota
Check with your insurance provider to verify coverage. At Suburban Imaging, the cost of a screening is $99. You are able to use your health care flexible medical spending account or medical savings plan to pay for the screening.