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Get peace of mind today. Early detection of lung cancer means longer lives.
Lung cancer patients usually do not have symptoms until the disease reaches advanced stages. A low-dose CT scan, now available at Medical City’s Chest Lung Evaluation and Resource (CLEAR) Clinic, allows our physicians to get high quality images with very low amounts of radiation. Dr. Mitch Magee, CLEAR Clinic Medical Director, has more than 20 years of experience in the treatment of lung cancer, resulting in many happy endings for his patients.
What is a low-dose CT scan?
A CT scan is a type of x-ray that can take cross-sectional images of the inside of the body.The scan is painless. The scan can make clearer images of organs than standard x-rays. A 2012 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that screening with the CT scan decreased the rate of death overall, and the rate of death due to lung cancer, compared to screening with a standard chest x-ray. A low-dose CT scan uses less radiation than a traditional CT scan.
What happens during the scan?
During the actual scan, you will be asked to lie still on a stretcher-like table. You will be able to remain fully-clothed. We ask that you avoid wearing clothing with metal, buttons, or underwire bras. The scan usually takes 15 minutes.
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Who should have a low-dose CT scan?
High-risk individuals eligible for the lung cancer screening include current or former smokers, 55 years of age or older, who have smoked the equivalent of one pack of cigarettes per day for at least 30 years. The screening is also available for individuals at least 50 years of age or older if they have smoked one pack of cigarettes per day for at least 20 years and have one additional risk factor, including cancer history, lung disease history, family history of lung cancer, radon exposure or occupational exposure.
Should you be screened for lung cancer?
Click here to see a few quick questions that may help you determine whether you should be screened.
What are the treatment options?
Options include radiation therapy, and surgery. Dr. Magee is an expert in minimally-invasive lung surgery techniques. Read more here.
Meet Dr. Mitch Magee, MD
CLEAR Clinic Medical Director
Surgical Director of Thoracic Oncology, Medical City Dallas Hospital