CT Lung Cancer Screening

CT Lung Exam

How is the CT Lung exam performed?

The entire examination takes less than 20 minutes from start to finish. The CT exam uses x-rays to produce images of the entire chest in less than ten seconds and only needs the patient to hold their breath one time.

Should I be concerned about Radiation from CT lung cancer screening?

Radiation used for CT lung cancer screening is far less than the dose for a routine diagnostic Chest CT exam. The amount of radiation from the screening is comparable to the average background radiation one gets in a year of living around Albany, NY. The screening also does not use contrast dye, which means there are no needles, no IV issues, no side effects involving the kidneys, and no chance of an allergic reaction.