If you’re a current or former smoker—and you’re concerned about your risk of developing lung cancer—there is a new medical test you should know about.
Low-dose CT lung screening is a fast and inexpensive test designed to detect cancer at an earlier, more treatable stage. With early detection, the survival rate for this disease is considerably higher. Research shows that CT lung cancer screening may reduce lung cancer deaths by 14% for heavy smokers.
Is CT Lung Cancer Screening Right for You?
The American Lung Association recommends screenings for current or former smokers age 55–74 with a smoking history of 30 or more “pack years”—meaning an average of one pack per day for 30 years, two packs per day for 15 years, etc. Your doctor may also recommend a screening based on your specific medical history.
What are the risks of having this test?
At Radiology Associates of Hartford, we understand that some doctors and patients may be concerned about the radiation dose received during such a screening test. That is why we use special dose-reduction processes and technologies to limit radiation exposure during CT scans.
Our board certified radiologists will carefully review your images, providing a detailed report to your physician. Like most screenings, there is a risk of false positives or other concerns, which may require physician follow-up.
This test requires a physician order prior to scheduling, and is not covered by insurance. The fee for the test is $125 and will be collected at the time of the test. Radiology Associates of Hartford conveniently accepts cash or credit card payment.
Know Your Risk
To find out if a low-dose CT lung cancer screening is right for you, talk to your doctor. Call us at (860) 714-2724 to schedule your exam.