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Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening Program

Please call (309) 683-4939 to see if you qualify for a free low dose CT Lung Cancer Screening and get the scan that could save your life.  

Cancer | CT Lung Cancer Screening ProgramMore than 200,000 new cases of lung cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States. The prognosis is poor for patients whose cancer is detected in its advanced stages. The American Cancer Society states that lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women.

The OSF Saint Francis Medical Center low dose CT Lung Cancer Screening Program was conceived to promote early detection and treatment of lung cancer and to help improve survival rates. Low dose CT Lung Cancer Screening of high-risk individuals with a low-dose chest CT scan, provides for early lung cancer detection, and spares so many lives; like yours or someone you love.

The recently concluded National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) is the first scientific study to provide clear evidence of an effective screening technique that significantly reduces deaths due to lung cancer in adults who are or have been heavy smokers.

This groundbreaking research offers new hope for the early detection and effective treatment of lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer death in the United States.

Physician or self-referral, low dose CT Lung Cancer Screening should be considered an option for the asymptomatic individuals considered at high risk for lung cancer.

Benefits of Lung Cancer Screening

One of the keys to more successful treatment of lung cancer is the early detection of the disease. Often, lung cancer is detected in its later stages, when it has compromised the function of one or more vital organs and has spread throughout the body. There are many types of lung cancer. Each type of lung cancer grows and spreads in different ways and is treated differently. The purpose of this low dose CT Lung Cancer Screening Program is to detect and diagnose and underlying medical condition that you may have at an early stage and to improve the treatment effectiveness and options. The images will be reviewed for the presence of lung nodules, masses, or other abnormalities suspicious for lung cancer as well as other findings of potential clinical importance.

Performing the Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening Scan

The patient is taken to the CT procedure area in the Radiology Department. Here you are placed on the CT table. You are asked to lie very still on a table, which is slowly moving horizontally through a chamber capturing images of your lungs. A computer workstation combines these pictures into very detailed cross-sectional images. These images are interpreted by Board Certified Radiologists with years of practical experience.

The procedure takes approximately 15 minutes and there is no prep required.

Follow Up

Once your scan has been completed and our primary care physician notified, you will be referred to the OSF Lung Nodule Clinic (link to the lung nodule site) for follow. Here you may have further testing if necessary. You may also be followed for two years with annual CT screening scans. This two year follow up, allow the physicians to monitor the appearance of your lung nodules and to detect any new nodules that may present.

Lung Nodules

A lung nodule is also called a spot on your lung. It is usually round or oval in shape. They are easy to find but can be hard to diagnose. While the majority (at least 60%) of lung nodules are due to benign (not cancerous) conditions, it is important to work with your doctor to determine the cause. When lung cancer (link to the lung cancer site) is caught early and is still small, there is a greater chance that it can be cured.

How Much Radiation is Used in the Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening?

CT uses ionizing radiation (x-rays) to create images of your chest and lungs. Ionizing radiation can cause cell damage and may increase your risk of developing malignancy. For your safety, the amount of radiation for your exam is kept to a minimum.

Please call (309) 683-4939 to see if you qualify for a free low dose CT Lung Cancer Screening TODAY!