Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both males and females. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast and prostate cancers combined.
Lung cancer is typically diagnosed at more advanced stages when it is more difficult to treat. That’s why regular screening is so important. Medical experts estimate that early cancer screenings save thousands of lives a year. Evidence shows that screening with low-dose CT scans can reduce lung cancer mortality risk in individuals who have smoked 20 pack-years or more.
That’s why Summa Health offers a CT lung screening test to detect early-stage lung cancer. The test produces a 3D image of the lungs. It is one of the most effective ways to detect early-stage lung cancer for high-risk patients.
A physician’s referral is needed for a CT lung screening. Any healthcare provider can refer their patients for the test. Talk to your physician or medical specialist about lung cancer and request an order for a “CT lung screening.” To ensure the correct test is completed, download a physician order form specifically for a CT lung screening and provide it to your physician. If you need a physician, Summa can connect you with a primary care provider.
Low-dose CT lung screening is one of the easiest exams you can have. The actual test takes less than 10 seconds. No medications are given, and no needles are used. You can eat before and after the test. You don't even need to get changed as long as the clothing on your chest does not contain metal. However, you must be able to hold your breath for at least six seconds while the chest scan is being taken.
To learn more about what to expect when having a CT scan at Summa Health, watch our CT and PET Scans video below.