Department of Radiology: Lung Cancer Screening FAQ
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Q. What is Lung Cancer Screening?
A. Lung Cancer Screening is performed with CT (or computerized tomography). A CT scan is a
valuable diagnostic tool that combines computerized technology with a focused X-ray beam
that passes through the body at various angles, producing clear, cross-sectional images of
the part of the lungs for the presence of lung nodules that may be cancerous. This procedure
is safe, fast, and painless, and produces precise and accurate images of the lung.
Q. Why have a Lung Cancer Screening?
A. Lung Cancer Screening is recommended for Patients with a history of smoking, which predisposes them to lung cancer. Studies have shown that a CT Scan is much more sensitive
than a conventional chest X-ray in detecting lung modules that may be malignant.
Lung Cancer Screening is a relatively new procedure, which although controversial, is
gaining more acceptance within the medical community. The drawback to this type of study
is that 98% of all nodules found are benign and has no clinical concern. Since CT by itself
cannot determine if a nodule is benign or malignant, often patients are exposed to more
medical procedures than might have been necessary.
Q. Why come to the Medical Center for a Lung Cancer Screening?
A. Englewood Hospital and Medical Center's state-of-the-art, high-speed spiral CT scanners
perform faster scans and decrease the time required in getting your doctor a report. With the
addition of a new multi-detector CT Scanner, patients at Englewood have the advantage of a
scanner that is eight times faster than existing CT Technology and therefore the amount of
time it takes to complete a scan is reduced. Our CT Scanner also helps those patients who
have difficulty staying still or holding their breath (e.g. accident victims, critically ill, and
The Medical Center offers the latest diagnostic facilities and a highly trained and specialized
staff, including Board-certified and fellowship-trained radiologists who interpret the studies.
Our caring staff understands patient anxieties and goes the extra mile to make the procedure
as comfortable as possible.
Q. What can I expect during the procedure?
A. The procedure is fast and painless. Patients will be asked to lie on a table that will move
through the scanner opening, taking images of the body. Patients may be asked to remain
very still and hold their breath while the actual images are being made. Each scan usually
takes no more than 20 seconds. The whole procedure usually lasts fifteen minutes.
Q. How do I prepare for a Lung Cancer Screening?
A. Patients who are pregnant must alert their doctor, who will decide whether it is safe to have a CT scan. Please wear comfortable clothing.
Q. What if I still have questions about Lung Cancer Screening?
A. For more information, call the Department of Radiology at 201-894-3400.