Lung cancer is still the leading cause of cancer death in the United States and accounted for 27% of all cancer deaths in 2014. Nearly 160,000 people in the U.S. died from lung cancer in 2014 -- more than breast, colon and prostate cancer combined.
A chest CT lung cancer screening is a low-dose (low-radiation) chest CT exam used to detect early stage lung cancer before signs or symptoms appear. The screening may detect lung abnormalities or nodules that would not otherwise be visible on a plain chest x-ray. Many nodules will be non-cancerous and require no treatment. Some nodules may require further testing.
CT Lung Cancer Screening is considered an annual exam, and intended for individuals who meet the following criteria:
An x-ray of the chest can be taken to look for early lung cancer, but recent medical studies have shown that low-dose CT scans provide better results. CT scans are able to detect very small nodules in the lung. Chest CT is especially effective for diagnosing lung cancer at its earliest, most curable stage.
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.
A low-dose chest CT screening may detect lung abnormalities or nodules that would not otherwise be visible on a plain chest x-ray. Many nodules will be non-cancerous and require no treatment. Some nodules may require further testing.
Your images will be interpreted by one of our board-certified radiologists. The results will be sent to your healthcare provider, so that they can review the results with you and determine if any follow-up is needed.
If the screening criteria is met (in "Who should have this screening"), CT Lung Cancer Screenings are covered by most insurance companies, including Medicare, with a referral from a healthcare provider. Be sure to check with your insurance plan to see if coverage is available for you.
Suburban Imaging clinics are designated Lung Cancer Screening Centers by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Read more about this designation here.
Dr. Aaron Binstock, radiologist at Suburban Imaging, shares three things to know about lung cancer screening, including:
-What is the goal of lung cancer screening?
-What is the test?
-Who should be screened for lung cancer?
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