May 10, 2018
Copley is now offering low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) scanning of the chest for people considered at high risk for lung cancer but show no signs
or symptoms of the disease. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends annual screening for lung cancer with LDCT for adults
aged 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.
A low-dose CT scan (LDCT) uses low-dose radiation to make a series of very detailed pictures of areas inside the body. It uses an x-ray machine that scans
the body in a spiral path. The pictures are made by a computer linked to the x-ray machine.
Screening with low-dose spiral CT scans has been shown to decrease the risk of dying from lung cancer in heavy smokers. LDCT scans were better than
chest x-rays at finding early-stage lung cancer.
Medicare now covers lung cancer screening with LDCT once per year for Medicare beneficiaries who meet all of the following criteria:
• Age 55-77
• Current smoker
• Former smoker that has quit smoking within the last 15 years
• Have a tobacco smoking history of at least 30 “pack years” (an average of one pack a day for 30 years)
• A written order from a physician or qualified non-physician practitioner that meets Medicare requirements
Many private insurers use a similar criteria to decide if you are at risk. Check with your doctor to see if LDCT is right for you.
A variety of digital imagery that provides pictures of soft tissue, internal organs and/or bones is available at Copley. Most Copley radiologic technologists hold multiple credentials with each discipline. Staff is dedicated to providing high-quality images, courteous care, and excellent communication with both the patient and the patient’s physician. Information about Copley’s cardiology and imaging services is available by calling 888-8358 or online at copleyvt.org.