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Lung Cancer Screening Initiative

Low-dose CT/CAT scan for lung cancer screening is available at the Metroplex imaging department.  At Metroplex, we have demonstrated our commitment to providing the highest quality of screening by applying for Lung Cancer Screening Designation from the American College of Radiology (ACR).  

The CAT scan is performed using a low-dose technique, resulting in radiation exposure much lower than that associated with a regular diagnostic chest CT.  The entire scan is completed in just a few seconds.

After a clinical study comparing low-dose CAT scan of the chest and chest X-ray, there was a 20% reduction in lung cancer mortality related to lung cancer in patients undergoing CAT scan compared with those receiving only a chest X-ray. The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) now recommends annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose CAT scan in adults aged 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.  A “pack-year” means that someone has smoked an average of 1 pack of cigarettes per day for a year. For example, a person who has smoked a pack a day for 30 years has a 30 pack-year history of smoking, as does a person who smoked 2 packs per day for 15 years.

Screening is not a substitute for quitting smoking. The most effective way to reduce the risk of lung cancer is to avoid tobacco.  For more information and assistance with smoking cessation, you can ask your doctor, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit the following links: 
http://smokefree.gov
http://www.cancer.org/healthy/stayawayfromtobacco/guidetoquittingsmoking/index

For more information on the national clinical trial and lung cancer screening, you my visit the following websites:
http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=screening-lung
http://www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials/noteworthy-trials/nlst

Aortic Aneurysm Screening

Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA or “triple A”) is often called “silent killer,” because it typically develops slowly over a period of many years and there are no obvious symptoms of the disease.  If the aneurysm ruptures, there is a very high mortality/death rate.

A simple 10 minute ultrasound procedure can be performed as a screening test to evaluate for AAA.  If you are diagnosed with an aneurysm, you may be a candidate for a nonsurgical treatment of the aneurysm (endovascular aortic repair). 

Screening is strongly recommended for men between the ages of 65 and 75 who have ever smoked.  Men who have not smoked and/or women with family history of aortic aneurysm may benefit from AAA screening ultrasound as well.  Ask your doctor if screening is right for you.

As part of our dedication to the highest level of vascular care, we have applied for accreditation from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission for our state-of-the-art vascular lab.