Bridgeport Hospital offers a lung cancer screening to those who qualify using a low-dose lung CT screening (CAT scan). This procedure is currently the most effective way to detect lung cancer early, when it’s most treatable. The screening only takes a few minutes to administer. Those at high risk who might qualify for the screening include anyone between the ages of 55 and 80 years with the following:
- History of smoking a pack a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years
- Are current smokers or quit within the past 15 years
To find out if you qualify for a lung cancer screening or to make a referral, please call (203) 384-3904. All calls are kept confidential.
Listen to an interview with Oncologist Justin Persico, MD, explaining the benefits of this screening and who may qualify.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is a lung screening CT?
A. A low dose CT (Computed Tomography) scan is used to take multiple images of the chest to look for an abnormality on the lungs which may be cancerous.
Q. What does “low dose” mean?
A. Lung screening CT scans use less radiation than a typical CT scan - about ¼ the radiation - which is about equivalent to the amount of radiation used in a mammogram.
Q. What are the risks?
A.It is important to note that while a screening CT scan may not detect the presence of cancer, it could reveal other abnormalities. While these findings are unexpected, they may require a follow-up visit with a primary care provider and/or a specialist for further evaluation.
A. While low dose CT scans tend to expose you to less radiation than that of a normal CT scan, you are still being exposed to radiation. It is about the equivalent to the amount of radiation used in a mammogram.
Q. What else should I know?
A. Smoking cessation continues to be the most effective way to reduce your risk of developing lung cancer. The lung screening CT is not a substitution for stopping smoking.
A. Even if the CT scan doesn’t detect anything, it is still highly recommended that patients receive annual lung screenings.