According to a new study conducted in the Netherlands and published in the January 2020 New England Journal of Medicine, annual Computed Tomography (CT) screenings of former and current long-time smokers have been proven to reduce deaths from lung cancer.
Dr. Debra Dyer, a spokeswoman for the American College of Radiology and chair of radiology at National Jewish Health in Denver, called the findings “wonderful news.”
“There’s no doubt about the effectiveness” of annual CT scans for lung cancer, she said.
However, eligibility for screening for lung cancer is only about 4-5%, according to a spokesperson for the American Lung Association. By stark contrast, the percentage of eligible women to undergo a screening mammogram for breast cancer is 70%.
According to the American College of Radiology (ACR), a better implementation of lung cancer screening could save an estimated 30,000-60,000 lives annually.
Four DIS locations offer lung cancer screening
DIS facilities in Metairie, Marrero, Slidell and Covington all offer CT lung cancer screening exams. These exams are very quick to complete, taking about five minutes or less for the actual scan.
Another benefit of choosing Diagnostic Imaging Services for this screening is that all CT scans are on ultra-low dose scanners, with scanning for lung cancer using up to 90% LESS radiation than a conventional CT scan of the chest. CT lung cancer screening does require an imaging exam referral order that can be from a doctor or other qualified medical provider.
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