Low Dose (CT) Lung Screening
According to the American Cancer Society, in the United States, lung cancer
is the second most common cancer in both men and women. It’s also
the leading cause of death from cancer. If lung cancer is found at an
earlier stage, when it is small and before it has spread, it is more likely
to be successfully treated.
At Gunnison Valley Health Diagnostic Imaging, we offer a low-dose CT scan
(LDCT) lung screening to identify lung cancer. Research has shown that
using LDCT scans to screen people at higher risk of lung cancer saved
more lives compared to chest x-rays. For higher risk people, getting yearly
LDCT scans before symptoms start helps lower the risk of dying from lung cancer.
What is low dose CT (LDCT) lung screening?
LDCT lung screening is the best test to detect lung cancer early on. It
is used with patients who are not showing symptoms but have particular
demographics and history that may lead to lung cancer. This screening
is important in order to determine whether cancer is present as early
on as possible.
The “low dose” refers to the amount of radiation used. This
is safe for patients yet still produces a high quality image of the lungs.
What are the symptoms of lung cancer?
Usually symptoms of lung cancer do not appear until the disease is already
at an advanced stage. Even when lung cancer does cause symptoms, many
people may mistake them for other problems, such as an infection or long-term
effects from smoking. This may delay the diagnosis.
Who can benefit from LDCT lung screening?
U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommends an annual lung cancer screening for people who meet the following criteria:
- Have smoked an average of one pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years or
two packs a day for 10 years
- Currently smoke or have quit within the last 15 years
- Are between 50 and 80 years old
Why choose us?
Gunnison Valley Health uses the latest equipment to perform combined with
a robust picture archiving and communication system to deliver accurate
results. Our on-site radiologists and certified technologists offer expertise,
experience, and diagnostic excellence to the residents and guests of our area.
To schedule an appointment or for more information contact Gunnison Valley
Health's Diagnostic Imaging Department at (970) 641-7253.