Exciting news: you no longer need a doctor’s prescription for a Lung Scan. This scan can be an easy, painless, and non-invasive way to potentially save your life if you are at a high risk for lung cancer. In fact, according to the National Cancer Institute, “People aged 55 to 74 years with a history of heavy smoking are 20 percent less likely to die from lung cancer if they are screened with a low dose lung scan.”
What is Lung Scan?
The Lung Scan is a simple, non-invasive scan with no need for contrast dyes or IV drugs. It uses a very low dose of radiation to get a detailed and accurate picture of the health of your lungs. It can detect lung cancer earlier than any other type of scan, which could be lifesaving for those at high risk of the disease. When lung cancer is detected at the earliest stages, up to 90% of cases are treatable.
Who can benefit from it?
These scans are ideal for anyone at a high risk for lung cancer, such as those with a strong family history, current smokers, or those who were long-time smokers. Lung Scan can detect cancer before there are any visible symptoms, allowing for life-saving early detection.
Is it affordable?
Lung Scans are now covered by Medicare and Medicaid, making it more attainable than ever before for cancer prevention and early-diagnosis in high-risk patients. Talk to your insurance provider today to see if it is covered for you.
How accurate is a Lung Scan?
A Lung Scan is an extremely accurate diagnostic tool. In fact, the extremely low-dose lung scans are so effective over the out-of-date chest x-rays that an NIH-funded national study including 53,000 patients ended early and concluded that it “reduced lung cancer mortality by 20 percent in this high-risk population.” The numbers don’t lie. A Lung Scan can actually save your life.
Where can I get Lung Scan?
Medical Imaging of Fredericksburg offers the finest Health Scan options from board certified, fellowship-trained physicians. Make your appointment today: (540) 741-XRAY (9729)