Ultrafast CT Screening of the Lung

The American Lung Association now emphasizes that only CT scans are recommended for high risk individuals and that chest X-rays should not be used for lung cancer screening.

Ultrafast CT Screening of the Lung

What is an Ultrafast CT Screening of the Lung?

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 should I get an Ultrafast CT Screening of the Lung?

“Death rates from lung cancer could be greatly reduced if smokers and former smokers were routinely given Ultrafast CT Scans of their lungs.” -The New York Times – July 9, 1999 – New York Times

The expression “knowledge is power” cannot ring more true when referring to the early detection of lung cancer. More people die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. This is true for both men and women. In 2004 (the most recent year for which statistics are currently available), lung cancer accounted for more deaths than breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer combined, killing more than 160,000 people in the US.

The 5-year survival rate for those whose lung cancer is found when it is localized (i.e., before it has spread to other organs) is more than double that of those whose diagnosis is made after it has spread to other organs.

The study can find small tumors that x-rays miss. Because lung cancers are much easier to treat when they are small, patients with such tumors have a much better chance for cure. This test is strongly recommended for all patients who have a history of smoking.

What is the preparation for an Ultrafast CT Screening of the Lung?

There are no dyes, no needles, no fasting and no pain. The only preparation required for the Ultrafast CT Screening of the Lung is for the patient to complete a standard medical history questionnaire at the time of his appointment.

How long does the procedure take?

The scan is less than 15 minutes. The scanner acquires a series of images of your lungs while you hold your breath in brief intervals.

How long do I have to wait for results?

The radiologist’s report will be sent to you in three to four business days.

Is it painful or uncomfortable?

No. The Ultrafast CT Screening of the Lung is a simple, non-invasive scan in which you lie on the scanning table for a few minutes. We have not received any complaints of pain or discomfort from patients receiving this screening.

Are the results kept confidential?

Yes. Patients can elect to keep the results completely confidential. However, it is extremely important to discuss any abnormalities with your physician. A copy of your report can be sent to your doctor at your request.

Why should I go to Radiology Regional Center for this?

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. Your scan will be performed on the same CT scanners that local physicians rely on for their patients using a low dose of radiation less than 3 mGy.

What is the cost and is it covered by insurance?

The Ultrafast CT Screening of the Lung is now covered by commercial insurance companies. They self-pay price for the screening is $245.

How do I schedule an appointment?

You may schedule an appointment, without a physician’s referral, by calling our Scheduling team at 239.936.4068

Where is the Ultrafast Lung CT offered?
More questions?  Give us a call.

Call us at 239.936.2316