Our Cancer Program Lung Cancer Screening

Lung cancer screening allows individuals to be checked for early signs of lung cancer before the development of any symptoms. Identifying early, potentially curable lung cancer is of great benefit.

Several studies have been performed which are suggestive although not conclusive of the benefits of CT scans of the chest as a screening procedure to identify early-stage lung cancer. At White Plains Hospital, the Department of Thoracic Surgery participates in the International Early Lung Cancer Action Project (I-ELCAP) which is currently attempting to evaluate the role of CT scans of the chest in screening for lung cancer.

The study is currently open to individuals who are:

  • at least 50 years of age and
  • have smoked for 20 pack years and
  • are either currently smoking or have stopped smoking within the last 20 years.
 

to learn more about the screening program call 914-849-7667


How is a lung cancer screening CT scan performed?

  • A low-dose CT scan of the chest requires that an individual lie on a table which slides into a doughnut shaped CT scanner which takes multiple x-ray pictures of your chest.
  • The procedure is completely painless and only requires several minutes.
  • The average radiation dose received from a low-dose CT scan is 1.5 mSv (by comparison, high mileage airplane flyers receive 6-8 mSv and individuals living at high altitude such as Denver Colorado received 6 mSv.

How long does a lung cancer screening CT scan take?

  • Advances in CT scanning now allow individuals to undergo a painless, non-invasive scan that takes about 20 seconds once you have registered, changed clothing and are on the scanning table.
  • The entire process of registering and filling out our simple questionnaire can be completed in less than half an hour.

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