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Screening for Lung Cancer

Screening for Lung Cancer

St. Mary Medical Center offers Low Dose Computed Tomography, LDCT, for lung cancer screening to qualified patients to look for changes in the lung before the patient shows any symptoms. Computed Tomography, otherwise known as a CT or CAT scan, is similar to an X-ray, but there are many different pictures that are merged using a computer. The low dose CT exposes the patient to less radiation than a conventional/normal CT scan and does not require intravenous (IV) contrast. LDCT is a preventative service similar to a mammogram or colonoscopy for those patients at high risk and is the only approved method for lung cancer screening. LDCT has proven a useful tool to identify lung cancer in the early stages when it is the most treatable.

A Low-Dose Computed Tomography (LDCT) Lung Cancer Screening is an annual test recommended for those who do not have symptoms but are considered at high risk for lung cancer.

High risk individuals are:

  1. current smoker or have quit smoking within the past 15 years and…
  2. history of smoking at least 1 pack of cigarettes per day for 30 years or 2 packs per day for 15 years and…
  3. are between 55 to 77 years old.

Please consult with your doctor about the potential risks and benefits to this screening as well as your willingness to undergo follow-up treatment if an abnormality is found. The screening is similar to an x-ray and only takes a few minutes. You and your doctor receive the test results within days.

LDCT Resources:

Low Dose Computed Tomography – (LDCT) Consent/Decision Aid form

Lung Cancer Screening – Instructions for Patients

LDCT Lung Cancer Screening ORDER/Counseling and Shared Decision Making visit Documentation Form

Low Dose CT (LDCT) Healthcare Provider Information Sheet