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Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening

 “Low-dose CT screening
is a painless, noninvasive
procedure. For patients at
high risk of lung cancer,
this can be what helps
save their lives. Our goal
is to detect the cancer
at an early stage,
which is more likely to be
curable.”

David Choe, M.D.,
a board-certified
radiologist

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, claiming the lives of more people each year than colon, breast, pancreas and prostate cancers combined. New research has shown that an annual screening test known as low-dose CT (LDCT) is the most effective tool to diagnose this lethal cancer early and increase the chances of survival.

Palos Community Hospital is committed to bringing awareness and accessibility of this potentially life saving test by offering low dose CT lung cancer screening to all individuals at high risk for developing lung cancer.

Is this screening for you?

  • Age 55-77
  • Current smoker or have quit within the last 15 years
  • Have smoked at least one pack a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years
  • If you meet these criteria, a low dose CT screening test is recommended annually until the age of 77.

How is low-dose CT (LDCT) performed?

  • LDCT is fast, painless, and noninvasive.
  • You simply lie on your back on the examination table, which then moves quickly through a cylindrical scanner that takes 3-D pictures of your lungs in a matter of seconds.
  • LDCT uses up to 90 percent less radiation than a conventional chest CT.

Results

A radiologist will interpret your images and send a report to your personal physician who can then coordinate any required follow up testing or treatment.

Schedule your screening

Patients who meet the screening guidelines are encouraged to call (708) 827-2030 to schedule an appointment. A physician’s order is required.