Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ask The Experts: Low Dose CT Lung Screening

To continue this months focus on lung cancer awareness, our radiologists have answered more common questions on the low dose CT lung screening available at Atlantic Medical Imaging.

To see the first set of questions, please check the previous post HERE.  

What should I expect?
An initial positive screening test does not necessarily mean you have lung cancer, as most growths are benign. However, if the radiologist detects a growth that raises concern, you may be asked to return for a diagnostic CT exam. In some instances you may be asked to return periodically to recheck a mass that is not suspicious to make sure that it remains unchanged. Charges for the diagnostic scan and for any additional tests that may be needed will usually be covered by insurance. If your scan is normal, you may wish to obtain a repeat study in one year.

Is it okay to continue smoking now that there is a screening test available?
No. Tobacco is one of the strongest cancer-causing agents. Tobacco use causes many different types of cancers, including lung cancer, as well as chronic lung diseases and cardiovascular diseases. The damage caused by smoking is cumulative and the longer a person smokes, the higher the risk of disease. Quitting smoking is hard, but there are many proven treatments that can help.

Where can I get the low dose CT screening? How do I make an appointment?
The study is available at all Atlantic Medical Imaging offices. All patients will need to obtain a referral for the low dose CT lung screening from their healthcare provider. To schedule an appointment please call us at: (609) 677-XRAY (9729).

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