Detect Lung Cancer at its Earliest Stages
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women, according to the American Cancer Society. Lung cancer screening for individuals considered at high risk can help to find cancer at an earlier stage, when a cure is more likely. A recent nationwide trial showed low-dose spiral computed tomography (LDCT) scans are better than chest X-rays at finding early-stage lung cancer. Screening with LDCT decreases the risk of dying from lung cancer.
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Who is Eligible for a Lung Cancer Screening?
- Between the ages of 55 and 77
- Currently a smoker or quit smoking less than 15 years ago
- Family history of lung cancer
- No symptoms of lung cancer, and no history of any cancer within the last five years
Contact your primary care physician to find out if lung cancer screening is right for you.
Schedule an Appointment
To schedule an appointment at TMC Advanced Medical Imaging, call 903-416-3730.
What is LDCT screening?
Low-dose spiral computed tomography screening uses special X-ray technology to obtain detailed images from different angles around the body.
Why is it important to screen for lung cancer?
Early detection of lung cancer through LDCT screening can decrease the chance of death from lung cancer. Screening can find cancer at an earlier stage, when it’s easier to treat. Screening may also find diseases in the chest, other than lung cancer that may need to be treated.
How is the screening performed?
It’s painless, simple and safe. The exam takes less than 10 seconds and is similar to a regular CT scan, but less radiation is used. No medications are given, and there are no needles. The patient lies flat on the CT table, takes one breath and holds it as the machine scans over the chest.
How effective is LDCT lung screening at preventing death from lung cancer?
Studies have shown the LDCT lung screening test can lower the risk of death from lung cancer by 20 percent in people who are at high risk.
How much radiation will I be exposed to with the LDCT screening?
The scan exposes the patient to a small amount of radiation, equal to about 10 chest X-rays.
How much does the LDCT scan cost?
Medicare and most private insurances will cover the screening at 100 percent for individuals considered at high risk. If not covered by insurance, the exam may be performed on a self-pay basis. Please call 903-416-3730 for more information.
When will I get the results?
The screening results will be interpreted by our team of experienced radiologists. You will receive the results from your primary care physician within a few days. A follow up appointment will be scheduled if scan results are abnormal.