An important and potentially lifesaving test for current and former smokers
Lung cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Lung cancer causes more deaths each year than any other form of cancer. In fact, more people die from lung cancer than colon, prostate and breast cancer combined. This is because it is usually detected after the disease has already spread throughout the lungs or to other parts of the body.
However, when you detect lung cancer before outward symptoms appear, there are more treatment options available. Studies have shown that when current and former smokers are screened with computed tomography (“CT”) imaging, the mortality rate for lung cancer victims reduces by approximately 20%.
What is “LDCT lung screening?”
“LD” stands for low dose, meaning low radiation dose (safely low enough to have on an annual basis). “CT” stands for computed tomography, a type of advanced imaging test. LDCT uses x-ray images and a sophisticated computer to generate images of the lungs. Our radiologists review these images to see if there are any abnormalities in the lungs, which could be lung cancer.
How accurate is LDCT lung screening?
Patients screened with LDCT have a 20% greater survival rate than those who do not undergo this screening. It is far more accurate than a chest x-ray and can detect small cancers at an earlier, more treatable stage.
Should I get one?
If you are between the ages of 50 and 70 and have smoked a pack a day or more for 20 years, your insurance may cover this test. If you feel that you are at risk for lung cancer but do not qualify for insurance coverage, you can still have the scan for a very affordable cash price.