Hamilton Diagnostics Center now offering lung screenings

Monday, August 10, 2015

DALTON, Ga. – Hamilton Diagnostics Center now offers low-dose computerized tomography (CT) scans to check for early-stage lung cancer. This screening is easily administered, clinically proven and only recently became available.

The screening consists of a CT scan that uses special X-ray technology to obtain images from different angles. These images are then combined to show a cross-section of the lungs. This type of low-dose CT scan administers 90 percent less radiation than a conventional CT scan and takes about 10 seconds to complete. Medications and needles are not used, and fasting is not necessary.

Approximately 85 percent of lung cancer occurs in current or former cigarette smokers. But by receiving a low-dose CT scan annually, lung cancer can be discovered at its earliest, most treatable stage.

Current and former smokers can highly benefit from this new screening,” said E.C. Strickland, Jr., MD, radiologist. “As we know from breast cancer, colorectal and prostate screenings, early detection saves lives.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in men and women worldwide. It kills nearly 160,000 people in the U.S. each year, mainly because it is not usually diagnosed until symptoms develop.

“This new screening can catch lung cancer in its earliest stage with a much better chance of a cure,” said Bill McKay, MD, oncologist. “We’re so excited that we now have this tool available to our community.”

Hamilton is currently offering low-dose CT lung cancer screenings at a reduced cash price.

If you think you’re a candidate for this procedure, please talk with your physician about getting the screening at Hamilton Diagnostics Center.

Low-dose CT Lung Screenings are available for those who are:

  • Age 55 or older

  • Active smoker or quit less than 15 years ago

  • 30 pack-year* history

  • Does not have any exclusion criteria (see below)

* Pack-year = number of packs per day times the number of years you've smoked

 

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Unable to lie flat for 10 minutes

  • Upper respiratory infection/pneumonia (last 12 weeks)

  • CT Lung in last 12 months

  • History of lung cancer