Lung Cancer Screening
Lung cancer screenings, also known as CT lung cancer screenings or CT scan lung cancer screenings, are used to detect abnormal or irregular growths within the lungs. You may benefit from a lung cancer screening if you are fifty-five years of age or older and smoke thirty or more packets of cigarettes each year. CT lung cancer screening may also be beneficial if you have a family history of lung disease or lung cancer. For patients who continue to smoke or have quit smoking in the past fifteen years, a CT scan lung cancer screening can also be used to evaluate lung health.
What is CT lung cancer screening?
Lung cancer screening is a preventive medical imaging tool that is often used to evaluate lung health of smokers or patients who have quit smoking in the past fifteen years. The goal of a CT scan lung cancer screening is to ensure that your lungs are working properly and do not display any signs of lung cancer or lung disease. If your CT lung cancer screening does show signs of lung cancer, additional lung cancer testing can help determine the severity and progression of lung cancer. Additional lung imaging is required for patients displaying irregular test results.
- the American cancer society recommends CT Lung Cancer screenings if you
- Are fifty-five years of age or older
- Have at least a thirty pack year smoking history
- Have a personal history of lung disease
- Have a familial history of lung cancer
- Are still smoking or have quit smoking within the last fifteen years
What is lung cancer?
While lung cancer can affect all individuals, it is much more common in patients who smoke or have smoked. Lung cancer is when there is an uncontrolled growth of irregular lung cells that continue to proliferate at a rapid pace. Cancer cells do not function as normal lung cells function and do not become the healthy lung tissue that your body typically creates. Instead, these cells grow and form tumors that can negatively impact the functionality of your lungs.
What can I expect from lung cancer screening?
During your lung cancer screening, you will be asked to lie down on the CT scan table. You will enter the CT scan machine and pass through the machine multiple times in order to obtain clear images of your lungs. You may be asked to extend your arms over your head or to hold your breath for specific portions of the CT scan lung cancer screening. It is important to be still during your lung cancer screening as to avoid any blurry images.
How long does a lung CT scan take, & when will I get results?
The majority of lung cancer screenings can be completed in ten to twenty minutes but may vary depending on your particular case. In some instances, particular scans may need to be redone if you are unable to lie still or if you do not hold your breath for the requested period. If an image or scan is unclear or slightly blurred, one of our radiologists will redo the scan for optimal images and a clear, accurate diagnosis. We will send a copy of your results to your physician, who will contact you to discuss your results.
How can I learn more about CT lung cancer screening?
Our radiologists at Park Avenue Radiologists would be happy to discuss CT lung cancer screening with you. For an appointment or additional information, please call 212.888.1000, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or request an appointment online.