All Current and Former Smokers Need This Screening
- Posted on: Oct 31 2019
Lung cancer screenings can detect lung cancer in its early stages, when it is more treatable. Learn whether you qualify.
Low-dose CT (LDCT) lung cancer screenings are recommended for both men and women between 55 and 80 years old who currently smoke, have a history of heavy smoking, or have quit within the past 15 years. Heavy smoking is considered one pack of cigarettes a day, on average, for 30 years or longer.
“LDCT scans offer a lower dose of radiation than a full chest CT scan, while giving radiologists a detailed view of whether a patient has cancerous lesions on his or her lungs,” says Tom Wells, R.T.(R)(T), Director of Diagnostic Imaging at Summit Healthcare. “After the initial scan, patients are recommended to either follow up in six months or a year. If they’ve quit smoking for more than 15 years, they may not need to be screened again.”
Call 928.537.6554 to discuss LDCT screenings and to schedule an appointment.