Lung cancer screenings are critically important because they can help find lung cancer before you have any symptoms and while the cancer is at an earlier state that’s easier to treat. Screening is done via a low-dose CT scan (LDCT), a special kind of x-ray that takes multiple digital pictures as you lie on a table that slides in and out of the machine. A computer combines these images to produce a detailed picture of your lungs, which are then examined by a radiologist and your doctor or pulmonologist.
A prominent study on early detection of lung cancer found that only the low-dose CT scan can reduce mortality for those at high risk, current or former smokers over age 55. Lung cancer screenings are not right for everyone.
Call us to discuss a lung cancer screening if you:
- Are 55 – 80 years of age
- Have a 30 pack-year history of smoking (the number of packs you smoked per day x the years you smoked add up to 30)
- Are a current smoker OR have quit within the last 15 years
As lung specialists, the doctors at PAR are uniquely qualified to interpret your lung cancer screening and help you make decisions about what to do next.
Working with the radiologist who does your screening, we can help you understand whether an abnormality on your screening warrants an immediate referral to an oncologist, a biposy, or close monitoring until your next screening. Because we know what to look for, we can help prevent unnecessary visits with specialists and give you better peace of mind. If you have any questions about lung cancer or lung cancer screenings, call us at 804-320-4243.