Low-dose lung cancer screenings

SPOONER– While 57% of lung cancers are diagnosed in the advanced stage when survival rates are lower, regular lung cancer screenings can find lung cancer at an earlier stage, when survival rates are better.

Spooner Health’s Diagnostic Imaging Department now offers low-dose lung cancer screenings to qualified, high-risk patients. The screening is designed to check healthy lungs and track any changes from year to year.

It is a regular preventative health check, like mammograms and colonoscopies, and is the only method recommended for lung cancer screening in high-risk patients, Spooner Health said. A primary care doctor determines risk levels and whether a low-dose lung cancer screening is recommended. The screening is done through a CT scan, which takes a 3D picture of the lungs and shows more detail than a standard chest x-ray.

Patients are exposed to a low dose of radiation during the scan, 75% less radiation than a regular CT scan. The screening does not require any needles and only takes a few minutes. Low-dose lung cancer screenings are recommended by many groups, including the American Lung Association and the American Cancer Society.

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