People who have a high risk of developing lung cancer, but as of now show no signs or symptoms of the disease, can undergo low-dose Computed Tomography (LDCT) scanning of the chest. This CT scan is designed to detect small nodules that may not be visible on a standard chest x-ray.
CT scanning combines special x-ray equipment with sophisticated computers to produce multiple, cross-sectional images or images of the inside of the body. LDCT produces images of sufficient quality to detect many lung diseases and abnormalities using up to 90 percent less ionizing radiation than a conventional chest CT scan. Lung cancer is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the US. We are proud to offer lung cancer screening which has been shown to decrease lung cancer mortality as disease is detected at an early stage.
Recent research data indicate that you may profit from lung cancer screening:
- if you are between 55 and 77 years old
- if you are a current smoker or have quit within the last 15 years
- if you have smoked the equivalent of at least one pack a day for 30 years
Note: The low-dose CT of the lung for lung cancer screening is an individual health service (IGeL) and is not reimbursed for patients with social health insurance (“gesetzliche Krankenversicherung”). Private health insurance often covers the costs.