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Screening for Lung Cancer

Screening for Lung Cancer

CAD X-ray system is a new high-tech detection tool now being used in the battle against lung cancer.  CAD is a powerful tool that assists radiologists in finding hard-to-detect, early-stage lung cancer.  St. Mary is currently the only facility in the region to offer this computer-aided detection (CAD) product that is unlike any other on the market.  CAD is a process in which a computer acquires and displays information that aids a radiologist in detecting abnormalities to improve disease detection. With lung cancer, which has been diagnosed in more that 170,000 patients nationally this year alone, early discovery can more than triple a patient’s survival rate. Unfortunately, more than 50 percent of new lung cancer cases are diagnosed at a very late stage, which significantly shortens the survival rate of these individuals.

This FDA-approved CAD system is now used with all chest X-rays performed at St. Mary on patients age 30 and older.

To better detect lung cancer early when it is most treatable, St. Mary routinely screens for this disease on all chest X-rays performed on patients age 30 and older.