What is Diagnostic Imaging?
Diagnostic Imaging is the process of using technology to create images of the body’s anatomy. These images help oncologists better identify the size, shape, and location of a patient’s cancer. Diagnostic imaging can also be used in the treatment planning process of radiation oncology.
Providing full imaging services at each of our locations significantly cuts down the wait time of results and allows our physicians to have daily, real-time views of a patient’s tumor. This is just one of the ways CSNF stays ahead of the game.
Types of Diagnostic Imaging
Low Dose Lung CT
What is a Low Dose Lung Cancer Screening?
Low-Dose CT scans can be used to detect lung cancer in its early stages. Unlike a chest x-ray which produces shadows of the lungs, CT scans provide high-resolution, 3D images. The term “low dose” means that the CT scans uses very little radiation, which results in minimal negative side effects on the patient. CT lung screenings have shown to decrease cancer deaths by 20% in high-risk patients, compared to traditional chest X-rays.
Am I Eligible for Screening?
If you meet the following criteria, you are a candidate for a low-dose CT lung screening:
- Adults age 55-80 years
- Current smokers
- Former smokers who have quite within the past 15 years
- A smoking history of:
- One pack a day for 30 years
- Two packs a day for 15 years
Scans and Claustrophobia
All forms of diagnostic imaging offered at CSNF require the patient to be in or near and small, enclosed space. If you are claustrophobic, please consult your physician prior to your scan. Claustrophobic patients may need to obtain a prescription from their doctor before their exam. If you receive a prescription, you will need to have a family member or friend accompany you to your appointment in order to drive you home. Please do not drive after taking any form of sedative.