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Make a smart choice with lung cancer screenings. 

Lung Cancer Screening Initiative

The low-dose CT/CAT scan for lung cancer screening is available at the Metroplex imaging department. A clinical study found that there was a 20% reduction in lung cancer mortality in patients undergoing the CAT scan compared to those receiving only a chest x-ray. The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) now recommends an annual low-dose CAT scan screening for lung cancer.
  
The CAT scan for lung cancer is performed using a low-dose technique, resulting in radiation exposure much lower than that associated with a regular diagnostic chest CT.  The scan is completed in only a few seconds.

Requirements:
  • Between the ages of 55 – 77
  • 30 pack-year smoking history (example: 30 years of smoking 1 pack per day or 15 years of smoking 2 packs per day)
  • Currently smoke or have quit in the past 15 years
  • Must be shared decision with physician
To see if you qualify for a low-dose CAT scan, take the quiz.

     • To schedule your screening call your primary care physician to request a referral
     • Or call 254-519-8153 to make an appointment with a physician to discuss screening eligibility.


Learn more about the screening by visiting radiologyinfo.org or click to learn more about the national clinical trial.    

Aortic Aneurysm Screening

Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA or “triple A”) is often called “silent killer,” because it typically develops slowly over a period of many years and there are no obvious symptoms of the disease.  If the aneurysm ruptures, there is a very high mortality/death rate.

A simple 10 minute ultrasound procedure can be performed as a screening test to evaluate for AAA.  If you are diagnosed with an aneurysm, you may be a candidate for a nonsurgical treatment of the aneurysm (endovascular aortic repair). 

Screening is strongly recommended for men between the ages of 65 and 75 who have ever smoked.  Men who have not smoked and/or women with family history of aortic aneurysm may benefit from AAA screening ultrasound as well.  Ask your doctor if screening is right for you.

As part of our dedication to the highest level of vascular care, we have applied for accreditation from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission for our state-of-the-art vascular lab.