To have the best fighting chance against lung cancer, early detection is essential. However, lung cancer, like several other cancers and diseases, doesn’t always reveal its symptoms until it’s significantly advanced. For this reason, people who are in good health should strongly consider receiving a lung cancer screening, especially if they have a history of smoking.
If you’re considering a lung cancer screening, you might be wondering about what the screen entails and if it’s the right option for you. There have been some developments in lung cancer screening, so understanding state-of-the-art screen processes is important when making a decision that could dramatically affect your future health.
As screening improves and more people become aware of early detection benefits, the stronger patients can fight the United States’ most deadly cancer.
Traditional Screening for Lung Cancer
Screening for lung cancer involves patients that do not currently have symptoms, but are instead trying to find signs of the disease before they progress. For this purpose, regular x-rays have been used and studied for lung cancer screening, but their use didn’t seem to move the needle for patient outcomes. X-rays are the oldest form of medical imaging, so it makes sense that they would be tested for their lung cancer screening effectiveness.
Similarly, sputum cytology (using mucus from the lungs) has been used to detect cancer cells with limited results. The sputum is analyzed under a microscope in a lab, but even when combined with x-rays, sputum cytology doesn’t do much to improve lung cancer survival rate.
Considering the disappointing results of traditional screening methods, another solution was required.
Low-Dose CT Scan Screening for Lung Cancer
Modern lung cancer screening involves a low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan of the chest. CT combines specialized x-ray equipment with computers that produce several cross-sectional images, revealing detailed information about the inside of the body. Importantly, and as the name suggests, CT scans use less ionizing than traditional scans, which is healthier for the patient.
The scan takes only a few minutes, and the results are helping people catch lung cancer in the early stages. There is no prep required for this scan. For high-risk patients, annual CT scans are highly beneficial, allowing for the greatest chance of early detection and peace of mind.
When your test is completed, you will be given a report of your results and a medical consultant can help you determine next steps or schedule follow-up scans as required.
How Do I Know I’m Qualified for a Scan
If you’re unsure whether or not you are healthy enough to receive the scan or if you’re generally eligible for the scan, consulting with one of our professionals will help you learn more about the scan and how it applies to your specific situation.
Sign Up for a Lung Screen
If you meet the risk factors that suggest regular lung screening, setting up a scan to monitor your lung health is an easy process. Advanced Body Scan of Tulsa offers lung scans for those who wish to take it. To schedule or ask about a scan, visit our website or call us at 918.879.6161.