Lung Cancer is the number one cause of cancer deaths in the US, largely because it remains undetected until the patient has symptoms, which is usually at a later stage in the disease when treatment options are not as effective. Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening is the only recommended screening test for lung cancer.* Much like mammograms and colonoscopy screening tests, the goal of screening is to detect abnormalities that may represent lung cancer before the disease progresses so that medical intervention can be most effective.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends yearly lung cancer screening with Low Dose CT for adults who
- Have a history of heavy smoking, and
- Smoke now or have quit within the past 15 years, and
- Are between 55 and 80 years old
Heavy smoking means a smoking history of 30 pack years or more. A pack year is smoking an average of one pack of cigarettes per day for one year. For example, a person could have a 30 pack-year history by smoking one pack a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years.* source: CDC, Lung Cancer
RIA centers are among the first in our area to have been designated as Lung Cancer Screening Centers by the American College of Radiology (ACR). This designation recognizes facilities that have committed to practice safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer. For more information please visit our CT Lung Screening page.