What is the goal of LDCT lung screening?
The goal of the LDCT lung screening is to save lives by detecting lung cancer early. Without LDCT lung screening, lung cancer is usually not found until a person develops symptoms. At that time, the cancer may be much harder to treat.
Do I need to have a LDCT lung screening exam every year?
Yes. If you are in the high-risk group described above, a LDCT lung screening exam is recommended every year until you reach age 77, or have stopped smoking over 15 years ago.
How effective is LDCT lung screening at preventing death from lung cancer?
Studies have shown that LDCT lung screening can lower the risk of death from lung cancer by 20% in people who are at high risk.
When will I get the results?
You will receive the results of your exam within 2 weeks.
What can I expect from the results?
About 1 out of 4 LDCT lung screening exams will find something in the lung that may require additional imaging or evaluation. Most of the time these findings are lung nodules.
Lung nodules are very small collections of tissue in the lung. Less commonly, lung nodules are cancer. If a small lung nodule is found to be cancer, it can be effectively treated and often cured. Most are normal lymph nodes or small areas of scarring from past infections. If a small lung nodule is found to be cancer, the cancer can be cured more than 90% of the time. To distinguish the large number of benign (noncancerous) nodules from the few nodules that are in fact cancer, we may need to get more images before your next yearly screening exam. If the nodule has suspicious features (for example, it is large, has an odd shape or grows over time), we will refer you to a specialist for further testing.
Will my doctor also receive the results?
Yes. Your health care provider who ordered your exam will receive a copy of your results.