Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening
It’s a fact: research from the National Cancer Institute shows that CT lung screening reduces lung cancer deaths by 20%. As a result of this groundbreaking study, most insurance plans will now cover this service. Call Toll Gate Radiology to see if you qualify.
CT lung cancer scanning:
- Can help detect the smallest tumors, potentially before the patient notices any symptoms.
- Allows doctors to see structures in the body as small as a hundredth of an inch, which cannot be detected during a physical exam.
- Is an invaluable tool in the early detection of lung cancer, which afflicts hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. each year. Lung cancer has an extremely high mortality rate, but it is believed that early detection and treatment vastly increase a person’s chance of surviving this disease.
Cardiac calcium scoring, also known as coronary calcium scans, provide an early stage check-up of your probability of having a heart attack. A CT scan for calcium scoring checks for the buildup of calcium in plaque on your coronary artery walls. In any patients who have high cholesterol, a negative calcium scoring exam would eliminate the need for cholesterol-lowering medications.
Typically, your coronary arteries that supply blood to your heart do not contain calcium. However, calcium in your coronary arteries may be a sign of coronary artery disease (CAD). A CT scan takes pictures of the heart in thin sections.