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Lung Cancer Screening

What Are The Benefits of Lung Cancer Screening CT?

Detecting lung cancer at an early stage makes it more likely to be cured. By the time symptoms develop, lung cancer is usually too advanced to cure. Research studies have shown that regular screening reduces the risk of dying from lung cancer

Who Should Get Regularly Screened?

  • Has a smoking history of at least 20 “pack-years” (average of one pack a day for 20 years)
  • Age 50-80 years old
  • Smokes now or have quit within the last 15 years
  • Annual screening is recommended for asymptomatic individuals who meet these criteria
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How To Prepare?

Inform your doctor if you have a cold or respiratory infection

A recent respiratory infection can cause an abnormal scan that may require additional and unnecessary testing. This can be avoided by waiting for the infection to pass. We typically recommend about a month after symptoms have cleared to ensure it’s resolved.

Remove any metal items, including jewelry, buttons/snaps, underwire bras

These items can interfere with the scan. If your clothing has too much metal, you may be asked to change into a gown.

Check with your insurance company

Medicare covers lung cancer screening for patients 55-77 with a 30 pack year history of smoking, who are current smokers or who have quit in the last 15 years. Many insurance companies now also cover the exam for patients with similar risk profiles.

What Should I Expect? How Is The Study Performed?

Your entire appointment should last between 15-30 minutes. The scan itself takes just a couple minutes.

Our experienced technologists will guide you through the entire exam. For the scan itself, you will be asked to lie still and flat on a moving, cushioned table. You will be asked to hold your breath for a few seconds during the scan.

The scan itself is quick and painless. You will not feel anything during the scan.

There are no injections or ingested medications.

If your scan is negative (there are no suspicious findings or abnormalities), you should expect to get screened annually.

What Are The Downsides of Lung Cancer Screening?

Sometimes, an abnormality can be found on the test, even when no cancer is present. This is called a false-positive result. False-positive results can lead to follow-up tests, patient anxiety, and possibly invasive procedures to prove that a cancer is not present.

Lung cancer screening exposes the body to low doses of CT radiation, which carries a theoretical and small increased risk of developing cancer. This is believed by expert researchers to be far outweighed by the benefits of screening CT.

Lung Cancer Screening

Sometimes, an abnormality can be found on the test, even when no cancer is present. This is called a false-positive result. False-positive results can lead to follow-up tests, patient anxiety, and possibly invasive procedures to prove that a cancer is not present.

Lung Cancer Screening

Lung cancer screening exposes the body to low doses of CT radiation, which carries a theoretical and small increased risk of developing cancer. This is believed by expert researchers to be far outweighed by the benefits of screening CT.

Meet Dr. Narmadan Kumarasamy

Narmadan Kumarasamy, MD, MPH is the Director of the Lung Cancer Screening program at Hackensack Radiology Group. Dr. Kumarasamy completed his medical degree at Stanford University and residency training in diagnostic radiology with fellowship expertise in cardiothoracic imaging at Montefiore Medical Center. He grew up in New Jersey and lives locally in Bergen County. He has extensive experience with lung cancer screening and is eager to provide his expertise to all eligible patients with the Hackensack Radiology Group screening program.

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