CT Lung Cancer Screening

About 150,000 Americans die from lung cancer every year – more than any other type of cancer. Part of the reason it’s so deadly is that it goes undetected for too long and spreads to other parts of the body. Unfortunately, only 16 percent of people are diagnosed at an early stage. The key is to catch it as soon as possible. The low dose CT lung screening is the only proven way to find lung cancer early and reduce the risk of death.

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Request a Screening

To request a CT Lung Screening, fill out the form or call (843) 402-5000.






Do you qualify?

The low dose CT lung screening results provide you and your doctor valuable information used to develop the right course of action for your specific healthcare needs.

Qualifications for this screening include:

  • You must be 50-77 years old.
  • You currently smoke or used to smoke a pack a day for 20 years or two packs a day for 10 years.
  • You currently smoke or have quit no more than 15 years ago.
  • You have no signs or symptoms of lung cancer and or pulmonary disease and have no personal history of cancer within the last five year

Note: A doctor's order is required. Be sure to obtain one from your doctor prior to your scheduled CT Screening.


How to prepare

No special preparation is necessary in advance for a low dose CT lung screening. You may continue to take your daily medications. However, please tell your provider if you are or might be pregnant.


What to expect

A low dose CT lung screening is performed by a radiologic technologist specially trained in CT operation. A board certified radiologist interprets the resulting pictures.

At the time of the test, you may be asked to undress above the waist, put on a gown and remove any jewelry that might interfere with the scan.

During the test, you will lie on your back on a table that is attached to the CT scanner. The scanner is an advanced specialized X-ray machine that is a common imaging tool used every day for a wide array of clinical tests. The table slides into the opening in the scanner while a cylinder around the opening rotates around your body. You may hear a low whirling sound and the table will move slightly during the exam.

You will be asked to hold your breath for about 15 seconds while images are taken. It is very important to hold completely still while your lungs are being scanned. Otherwise, repeat pictures may be needed.

During the test, you are usually alone in the scanner room. However, the technologist will watch you through an observation window and you will be able to communicate through an intercom.
The scan takes only a few seconds to obtain the lung images, but you should allow 30 minutes for the entire examination.


Results

The results of the test will be sent to your doctor. We strongly encouraged you to meet with your doctor to discuss these results and a potential plan of action, if indicated.  Additionally, your results will be reviewed by our nurse navigator, and she will contact you for any necessary follow-up.

Clinical Nurse Navigator
Elizabeth Strojny, RN
(843) 727-8524 office
elizabeth.strojny@rsfh.com


Requirements for exam

  • This screening test is covered by most insurance plans including Medicare and Medicaid. If you do not have insurance or it is not covered by your plan, you can use a HSA/FSA to pay for the test.
  • Doctor's order.

Scheduling

To schedule an appointment, please call (843) 402-5000.

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