This procedure is for people at high risk for developing lung cancer, i.e.: smokers with 10-year history or other high-risk patients. A prescription from your referring physician is required for this low-dose, screening CT procedure.
Low dose screening CT’s are intended to supplement or replace routine chest films which are performed on patients without symptoms or known disease. The test is specifically designed to rapidly screen the lungs with minimal radiation exposure and allow detection of pulmonary nodules. No intravenous contrast is used.
A brief, risk-factor questionnaire is completed. Next you lay down on the imaging table where the CT technologist will ask you to hold your breath for a short period of time. Your exam is complete in 20 seconds and you return to your regular routine. The procedure is pain-free, non-invasive and inexpensive. We are able to offer this procedure because we have the latest helical CT scanner with current software and hardware, namely our Light Speed Ultra and Light Speed Plus CT imaging machines.
A radiologist will read the results of the examination and results should be available in twenty-four to forty-eight hours.