Finley Hospital's cancer team knows that the best chance of a cure for lung cancer is early detection. That's why we've developed Lung Screening. Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women and is typically diagnosed at a more advanced stage after the cancer has spread. By making this test available, we can diagnose patients sooner and get them on the road to recovery faster.
Finley Hospital's Lung Screening includes a low dose CT scan of the chest which is a rapid, non-invasive test using low-dose x-rays which provides detailed, three-dimensional images of the lungs. The entire chest is scanned in 15 seconds or less.
Radiologists review images for the presence of small spots on the lungs, called nodules.
What does the testing include?
In addition to the lung screening, Each person receiving a low-dose CT scan will meet with Finley's nurse navigator who will help assess your individual risk for lung cancer based on your history and risk factors, and will also provide education on a healthy lifestyle, prevention efforts, and important screening exams.
Where are the tests performed and how long will it take?
All tests are performed during one appointment at FinleyHospital. Plan on the appointment taking approximately 30 minutes.
How do I know if I am at risk for lung cancer?
Men and women with a history of cigarette smoking have a higher risk of developing lung cancer than the general population. The more cigarettes smoked per day and the longer you have been smoking, the greater your risk of developing lung cancer. High levels of pollution, radiation and asbestos exposure may also increase your risk.
How much radiation will I receive with the CT Scan?
Finley is the only place that offers a low dose CT scan, which means the amount of radiation used is very small. The amount of radiation associated with the low-dose CT is a fraction of that used with a standard chest CT.
Why should I have a Lung Cancer Screening?
Often, lung cancer is detected in its later stages, when it has spread throughout the body. Finley's Lung Screening is able to detect and diagnose an underlying medical condition in an early stage to improve treatment effectiveness. The images will be reviewed for the presence of lung nodules, masses or other abnormalities suspicious for lung cancer.
Will insurance pay for Lung Screening?
It is likely that the cost of Finley's Lung Screening will be covered by private insurance or Medicare or Medicaid because we use a low-dose CT.
Can anyone help me stop smoking?
How do I know if I qualify for Lung Screening?
Call (563) 589-2549 to talk with our Lung Screening Coordinator.
Don't wait for the warning signs. Unlike some diseases, lung cancer can be diagnosed and treated more effectively with early screening and detection.
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