LUNG CANGER SCREENING

Low dose CT lung cancer screening

At 611 MRI, we are proud to be a designated Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology. We offer lung cancer screening to patients that are currently or have a history of smoking using low-dose computed tomography (LDCT). Lung cancer screening tests are performed before symptoms begin to try and detect cancer when it is most treatable. The CT scan is a low-dose scan, meaning radiation exposure is minimized.

A CT (computed tomography) scan, also known as a CAT scan, is an imaging method that produces cross sectional images of the body, in this case, the lungs. As you pass through the scanner, images of your lungs will be captured.

There are certain criteria for lung cancer screening set by the American Lung Association. Ideal candidates:

  • Are current or former smokers
  • Are 55 to 74 years old
  • Are smoking or have smoked at least one pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years
  • Are smoking or have smoked two packs of cigarettes or more a day for 15 years

Individuals meeting the criteria are considered to be at high-risk for lung cancer and yearly lung cancer screening is recommended. Lung cancer is the #1 cause of all cancer related deaths in the United States. By getting screened for lung cancer yearly, your chances of finding cancer in its earliest and most treatable stage increases.

Anyone can have a lung cancer screening with an order from their doctor. 

What is a low-dose CT lung scan like?

Our low radiation CT scanner contains a padded bed on which you will lie during the exam. The bed will automatically pass through a large hole while the CT captures images of the body. Our CT technologist will be in continual voice and visual contact with you. During the exam you will be required to lie very still and hold your breath for just a few seconds. Exams usually last 10 minutes. 

Are low-dose CT scans safe?

At 611 MRI, patient safety is of the utmost importance. We work with your doctor and our radiologists to ensure that a CT scan is the appropriate imaging exam for you. We offer low-dose scans which require less radiation exposure to create images of the body.

How do I prepare for a low-dose CT lung scan?

There is no special preparation needed. You may wear your own clothing if it contains no metal such as zippers, snaps, etc. near the body part being scanned. A good choice would be comfortable, loose-fitting clothes. If your clothing is unsuitable, a dressing gown will be provided.

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