CT for Early Visualization of Lung Nodules
Since symptoms of lung cancer usually first appear in its advanced stages, the chances of recovery in such cases are often quite poor. However, if lung nodules can be diagnosed early enough before they have a chance to spread, it may be possible to treat this disease at this early stage when it is the least resistant to treatment which may increase the chances of a successful recovery. CT is the key to discovering these tiny nodules.
Who is a high-risk person?
- You have smoked for more than 10 years
- You are hereditarily at risk
- You are professionally at risk
- You are over 60 years old
- You have been exposed to asbestos
If one or more of the above points apply to you, contact Regents Imaging to find out if a CT lung scan might be appropriate for you.
How is the examination performed?
A CT scan is acquired with a low radiation dose in just minutes. If the result is negative, clinically significant lung lesions/nodules can be excluded with very high probability. If positive, further measures appropriate for the severity of the disorder are required. When detected and treated in the earliest stage, lung cancer survival may be as high as 70%.
Our state-of-the-art CT scanner from Siemens Medical Solutions takes hundreds of images of your chest. Multiple images are obtained during one breath-hold. Prior to the test you will be asked to fill out a brief health questionnaire to assess your risk for lung disease.
After your scan, a specially trained radiologist will read and interpret your lung scan. If an abnormality is found, you will be advised to follow up with your physician or a lung specialist. After your visit, you and your personal physician will receive a detailed written report of the findings and any action recommended
Who Should Consider a Lung Scan?
Although lung cancer can occur in anyone, it is predominantly seen in former or current smokers, those who have been exposed to second-hand smoke, or those exposed to occupational hazards, such as toxic fumes or asbestos. People who have a family history of lung disease and/or are experiencing symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing or chest pain may also be candidates for this test.