All types of lung diseases combined form the third leading cause of death in the United States. Our 64-slice CT scanner can evaluate your lung health. Smoking and exposure to radon, asbestos and air pollution are all causes of lung disease. If you already experience signs of unhealthy lungs, then you should discuss the symptoms with your doctor to determine if you should receive a lung scan.
Screening recommendation: Yearly for individuals aged 55-80 who have a history of heavy smoking and either smoke now or have quit within the last 15 years. Heavy smoking means a smoking history of 30 pack years or more. 30 pack years means smoking a pack of cigarettes every day for 30 years, or the equivalent.
You will be comfortably positioned on a CT table, and you may be supported by pillows to help you stay in the proper position during the procedure. The table will move slowly into the opening of the CT scanner. Very small amounts of x-ray radiation will pass through your body. A CT examination usually takes between 15-30 minutes.
Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing, without zippers or snaps. You may be asked not to eat or drink anything for up to 4 hours before the exam. Women should inform the technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant. Patient lockers are available for jewelry and other valuable items, however you are encouraged to leave all jewelry at home during procedures.