Should you be screened for lung cancer?
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., with more people dying of lung cancer than breast, colon, and prostate cancers combined.
Lung cancer screening using low dose computed tomography (LDCT) screens patients at high-risk for lung cancer prior to becoming symptomatic. This potential life-saving screening may be right for you if you are a current smoker or have quit smoking within the past 15 years.
An ACR Screening Center
Good Samaritan Medical Center is accredited by the American College of Radiology in
Computed Tomography and is a designated ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center.
Speak with your PCP or call 508-427-2665 to find out if you are a candidate and discuss your options.
- Individuals between the ages of 50-77.
- A current smoker or former smoker who has quit within the past 15 years.
- Tobacco smoking history of at least 20 pack-years (1 pack-year = smoking 1 pack per day for one year; 1 pack = 20 cigarettes).
- Patients who do not have symptoms of lung cancer.
- Patients who have participated in pre-screening counseling that attests to shared decision making.
What Will I Experience During a Screening
During a screening, the patient lies on their back on the CT scan table with their hands placed above their head. The table will move in and out of a large donut-shaped ring. The patient will be asked to hold their breath for a few seconds while X-rays are generated and images are created. The test will take approximately two to four minutes. Your physician will receive the report and results within 24 to 48 hours.
Patients enter through the main entrance of the hospital and check into the registration area. Upon completion of the registration process, patients will be directed to the CT department located on the main floor.