Low Dose Lung Cancer ScreeningCall 208.799.5606
Are you a smoker or former smoker?
If you are a smoker or a former smoker, a simple screening at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center could save your life. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. and 85% of cases occur in cigarette smokers. Studies show low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) lung scans using low doses of radiation can effectively detect lung cancer in its earliest stages and most importantly, lower your risk of dying from lung cancer.
LDCT works much like an x-ray exam to produce pictures of your chest and lungs. This high-quality lung screening detects lung abnormalities but with 90 percent less ionizing radiation than a conventional CT scan. If you have a high risk of lung cancer but no signs or symptoms, a LDCT screening could help you catch potentially cancerous spots at their earliest and most treatable stage.
You are considered high risk if you are:
- Between the ages of 50 and 77
- Have a smoking history of 20 pack years (1 pack per day for 20 years)
- Currently a smoker or have quit in the last 15 years
Lung Health Assessment
This brief health assessment will help determine if a lung screen or further evaluation of your risk may be beneficial.Take a Lung Health Assessment
Need Help Quitting Tobacco?
If you need help quitting smoking or tobacco use, please talk to your doctor or contact the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Cardiopulmonary department to obtain smoking cessation guidance.Call 208.799.5233
Questions about Low-Dose CT
If you have question about Low Dose CT lung cancer screening, please feel free to contact the St. Joseph Diagnostic Imaging Department.Call 208.799.5335
The Low Dose CT (LDCT) lung cancer screening program at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center offers patients with a high risk of lung cancer the opportunity to screen for and diagnose lung cancer before symptoms develop. LDCT lung cancer screening provides a diagnostic quality chest CT that focuses on the pulmonary system, while providing a reduced dose to patients. Diagnosing and treating lung cancer before significant progression occurs will allow patients to experience higher rates of success in fighting this disease. If an LDCT screening exam results in findings that require follow-up care, we have all of the quality equipment and highly trained staff to complete additional imaging needs including CT biopsy and PET imaging as well as comprehensive cancer services to handle all of your healthcare needs.
Early detection is a proven, successful strategy for fighting many forms of cancer. Screening with LDCT for people with a high risk of lung cancer is the only recommended screening test for this disease. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death - more than cancers of the breast, prostate, colon and pancreas combined. A study conducted by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) showed that screening people at high risk for lung cancer with low dose computed tomography (LDCT) scans reduced lung cancer deaths by 20%. Another study estimates that early detection and treatment of lung cancer could save over 70,000 lives a year in the United States.