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CT Lung Screening for the Detection of Cancer

The Ultrafast Screening of the Lungs is a non-invasive CT scan that can detect abnormalities and lung cancer in its earlier, more curable stages using a new technique called helical low-dose CT scanning. The screening is far more accurate in finding lung tumors than a chest x-ray, the traditional diagnostic tool. It can find lung cancers when they are as small as the diameter of a soda straw, as compared with a chest x-ray that find them when they are about the size of a quarter.

 

Why is there a need? What are the benefits?ctlung

Lung cancer is widely known to be the third most common form of cancer in the United States, but is also the leading cause of cancer-related deaths.

In 2013 alone, the National Cancer Institute estimated that approximately 220,000 new cases of lung cancer were discovered, and that lung & bronchus cancer accounted for more than 150,000 deaths. (That’s more than the number affected by colon, breast & prostate cancers COMBINED). The majority of cases are diagnosed at a very late stage, which offers a low survival rate of only 5 years after diagnosis.

Like mammograms have done for breast cancer, an Ultrafast CT Lung Screening offers you and your provider the opportunity to catch any concerns at a much earlier stage. This gives your provider time to make informed decisions, and offer you a wider variety of treatment options than what may otherwise have been available to you. The Ultrafast CT Lung Screening is being hailed as the next advancement in preventative care, and is receiving support from organizations and medical societies nationwide.

 

Is this exam covered by insurance?

Medicare and most insurance companies are now covering this exam for eligible, “high-risk” patients once per year as part of their preventative services offerings. Check with your insurance provider for specific coverage information.

 

Who is eligible?

You are eligible if you meet the following criteria:

  • Between the ages of 55-77
  • Show no signs or symptoms of lung cancer
  • Current smokers or have quit within the past 15 years
  • Smoked the equivalent of one pack per day for 30 years

 An order from your healthcare provider is also required.

 

I don’t have insurance. Can I still get this exam?

Of course! We offer the exam to self-pay patients for only $179 at the time of service.

 

What should I expect from the exam?ctwithpatient

There are no dyes, no needles, no fasting and no pain. There is absolutely no advanced prep needed for this exam. After a brief medical history questionnaire is completed upon your arrival, a technologist will assist you into the machine – which is generally thought to be open and not claustrophobia-inducing. The scan will take less than 15 minutes, and consist of a series of pictures taken while you hold your breath at very short intervals.

 

How much radiation is used?

Ultrafast CT Lung Screenings are considered a low-dose procedure, using less than 3 mGy. This is the equivalent to what you receive naturally from the earth in less than 6 months. In fact, the National Cancer Institute assesses the risk of not having the exam is 400% greater than the radiation risk.

 

Why should I choose RRC?LCSClogo

The American College of Radiology has designated our facilities as a top quality provider of safe, effective diagnostic imaging for individuals at high risk for lung cancer!

Radiology Regional Center is an experienced and trusted leader in Southwest Florida’s diagnostic healthcare. Our physicians and technologists are skilled in the use of CT technology for both screening and diagnostic purposes.

 

CT Lung Screenings are available at these RRC locations:

FT MYERS
6140 Winkler Road
Fort Myers, FL 33919 
CAPE CORAL
805 Del Prado Blvd
Cape Coral, FL 33990
CAPE CORAL
1708 Cape Coral Pkwy W, Ste. 3
Cape Coral, FL 33914 
ESTERO
10201 Arcos Ave.,
Ste. 101
Estero, FL 33928
BONITA
9776 Bonita Beach Rd
Bonita Springs, FL 34135 
NAPLES
700 Goodlette Road
Naples, FL 34102 
LEHIGH
1110 Lee Blvd.
Lehigh, FL 33936 

 

To schedule an appointment, call 239.936.4068!
It could save your life.

 

Contact Us (239) 936-2316

* All Copay, Coinsurance, and Deductible fees are Due at time of Service.

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