CT Lung Screenings Now Available

for only $99*

A randomized clinical trial conducted by the American College of Radiology Imaging Network and sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, released its results in November 2010. The trial showed screening current and former heavy smokers with CT scans reduced their risk of dying from lung cancer by 20%. With 100 million smokers and ex-smokers in the US and over 160,000 Americans dying early from lung cancer, CT lung screening could potentially save thousands of lives annually by catching tumors at an even earlier, more treatable stage than chest x-rays.

Chest x-rays only have the capability of detecting tumors greater than 1 cm in size. A CT scan detects tumors significantly smaller than 1 cm in size. CT Lung Screenings can also provide information to physicians on cardiovascular disease, emphysema, and other pulmonary diseases.

A Growing Problem, an Agressive Response

No one knows for certain why lung disease is on the rise, but it is. Each year, lung cancer kills more people than breast, colon, and prostate cancer combined. Air pollutants alone put the general population of most cities at risk. Some people are put at risk through prolonged exposure to secondhand smoke, asbestos, or radon gases. Those who are smokers, ex-smokers, and people whose work environments expose them to solvents and other cancer-causing chemicals may be at an even greater risk.

Early Detection Saves Lives

Russell Regional Hospital believes that early detection of lung cancer saves lives. Low-dose CT imaging is changing the way we detect lung cancer, and giving us an opportunity to fight back. Researchers with the International Early Lung Cancer Action Project (I-ELCAP) - a study designed to test the effectiveness of screening high risk patient for lung cancer - have discovered that a low-dose CT lung screening can detect small lung cancers not seen on chest x-rays. Researchers report that more than 80% of lung cancers found were at the earliest stages, when lung cancer can be treated most effectively.

What is a CT Lung Screening

A CT Lung Screening is an exam with the ability to detect lung cancer in its earliest stages, when it is most treatable. It consists of a low dose, noncontrasted helical CT that uses x-rays to scan the entire chest in about 5-10 seconds duing a single breath hold. The exam takes about 10 minutes to complete.

Who should get a CT Lung Screening?

  • Current or Former Smokers
  • High Exposure to Secondhand Smoke
  • Exposure to Asbestos
  • Exposure to Radon Gas
  • High Exposure to Chemical or Solvents
  • Family History of Lung Cancer
  • Age 40+ and has any of the Above Risk Factors.

Why Screen for Lung Cancer?

Lung Cancer is the number one cancer killer in America, claiming more lives that colorectal, breast, pancreatic, and prostate cancer combined! Without early detection screenings, over 95% of lung cancer patients eventually die from the disease, usually with a few years of diagnosis. Annual screenings with CT scans aid in finding cancers in their earliest stages, when up to 90 can be cured.

Is a CT Lung Screening Covered by Insurance?

Payment is expected at the time of service, as most insurance companies have limited reimbursement for screening services.

Should I be Concerned about the Radiation Exposure and Cancer Risk from a CT?

Radiation from a screening CT is far less than the dose from a diagnostic CT, and the benefit of finding and treating early lung cancer will outweigh the risks from a low dose of radiation from a CT.

Lung Cancer Facts from the American Cancer Society

  • Every 2.5 minutes someone in the United States is diagnosed with lung cancer
  • Every 3 minutes someone will die from lung cancer
  • 60% of people diagnosed with lung cancer will die within 1 year
  • 75% of people diagnosed with lung cancer will die within 2 years
  • African American men are 50% more likely to develop non-small cell cancer
  • Lung cancer causes more cancer related deaths than another type (colon, prostate, breast) in the United States
  • Lung Cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women
  • Each year about 3,400 non-smoking adults die of lung cancer as a result of breathing secondhand smoke

Decreasing Exposure

At Russell Regional Hospital we are dedicated to limiting radiation exposure. This starts with our commitment to the performance of imaging only when it is necessary and appropriate. When imaging is required we use the latest radiation dose reduction strategies.

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