Computed tomography (CT) lung cancer screening is a scan of the chest that is used to detect lung cancer. It is recommended for longtime smokers with no signs of lung cancer. Lung cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in adults, especially those with a history of smoking. Early detection of lung cancer may help improve outcomes and increase your chances of survival. CT lung cancer screening can detect signs of disease before you have any symptoms.
CT lung cancer screening uses a special technique called low-dose computed tomography (LDCT). While similar to conventional CT scanning, LDCT uses up to 90 percent less radiation than a conventional CT chest scan. Research from the National Cancer Institute National Lung Cancer Screening Trial has shown that low-dose CT screening can reduce deaths from lung cancer by 20 percent compared to X-ray.
Please refer to the About CT section for more details about CT scanning and the associated risks and benefits.
The leading cause of death from cancers is due to lung cancer and the leading cause of lung cancer is smoking. If you are or have been a heavy smoker, your healthcare provider may recommend a CT lung cancer screening. If lung cancer is detected early, long-term outcomes may be improved. CT lung screening may be recommended if you:
Many professional medical associations recommend lung cancer screening for people at high risk of developing the disease. Ask your doctor if you should be screened.
To schedule CT lung cancer screening, please call our scheduling team at (512) 453-6100 or toll free at (800) 998-8214. A provider referral is required to make an appointment.
A radiologist, a physician specifically trained to interpret radiological examinations, will analyze the images and send a signed report to the provider who referred you to ARA. The physician will then share the results with you. Your report will also be available on the patient portal within 15 days after the exam report is finalized.
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