Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) is now bringing peace of mind for high-risk smokers through an Early Lung Cancer Screening program. NCH patients can find out if their lungs are cancer-free by taking a quick and painless, low-dose CT scan, which enables doctors to search for signs of cancer at an earlier stage – when lung cancer is most treatable.
Traditional X-rays provide a 2-dimensional view of the chest, showing not only the lungs, but the heart, bone and soft tissue – all of which can mask abnormalities. Low-dose CT lung scans create a detailed, 3-D image, giving doctors a clearer, unobstructed view of the lungs – and the ability to detect tiny nodules that would often not be visible on a chest X-ray.
An eight-year national benchmark study by the American College of Radiology Imaging Network and the National Cancer Institute showed a 20 percent reduction in lung cancer mortality in those whose cancer was detected with a low-dose CT scan, versus those whose cancer was detected with a chest x-ray.
Because radiation is involved in all imaging, patients must meet the following criteria to qualify for NCH's Early Lung Cancer Screening program:
Your patients can receive the screening for $189. The fee includes
Patients can schedule a lung cancer screening by calling 847.618.3700.