As opposed to cancers like leukemia and prostate, lung cancer is most often caused by lifestyle choices such as smoking cigarettes, other tobacco products or working in areas where carcinogen-filled smoke is present.
There has been an increase in advertising and lobbying for anti-tobacco campaigns. In addition, there are more than a few organizations now attempting to stop potential smokers in their youth before they pick up the habit. Thanks to these efforts and increased study on the connection between smoking and lung cancer, the rates of lung cancer in the US have decreased considerably.
In hopes of combating the lung cancer statistics, the American College of Radiology and the American Cancer Society have teamed up to offer certification and accreditation to different facilities around the country that have met the strict informative, functional, and practicing ways that contribute to increased knowledge and prevention of lung cancer.
This initiative makes states more competitive in their efforts toward eradicating lung cancer, especially in states where there are high numbers of diagnosis. Medical imaging communities have done studies on the effectiveness of these centers throughout the country by first surveying how many are currently in operation. The survey showed that “nationwide, each state, including Washington DC, had a mean of four screening centers; however, 11 states had no screening centers identified. There was an average of 0.3 screening centers per 100,000 people aged 55 to 79. Among the states with the best capacity of LDCT screening centers were Washington, DC, Connecticut, Virginia, Colorado and Maryland.”
The areas that need improvement are states like Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, West Virginia and Missouri because they have some of the highest prevalence of lung cancer. Luckily for Louisiana residents, Doctors Imaging in Metairie has become the first in the Greater New Orleans area to receive the ACR’s accreditation.
Low-Dose CTs have been shown to be one of the best measures taken in early diagnosis of lung cancer. Because of the aggressive nature of lung cancer and the rarity of lung transplants, the earlier lung cancer is diagnosed, the sooner treatment can begin and the better the chances of survival are. CTs, or computed tomography, is using X-ray capabilities with computer technology to in order to examine the internal structures of the body. CTs are the preferred imaging tool when searching for the presence of lung cancer. Lungs are made up of tissues, blood vessels and nerves. Because CT imaging can produce cross-sectional images of the body’s tissue, CTs can see through bone and see the lungs from several angles, reassuring the patient that their scan is thorough.
Some may be hesitant to book the appointment for a lung cancer screening because they are worried about pain from the procedure or the possibility of radiation exposure. CTs are completely non-invasive and the average procedure takes no more than 30 minutes. The CT machines are calibrated so that the radiation used to highlight the internal organs is an extremely low dose, about as much natural radiation a person experiences during a year. Even more beneficial is that your results will be ready and transported to your practicing physician in the same day. He or she may need more time to review the results but you won’t have to wait for an obligatory waiting period.
If you believe that there is a possibility of you developing lung cancer or you are a former or current smoker over the age of 50, you should come in to Doctors Imaging for a lung cancer screening test. Be sure to have your test performed by radiologists that are specifically accredited by the American College of Radiology as a Lung Cancer Screening Center. Our machines are state-of-the-art along with our friendly and experienced staff want to help you with your imaging questions and concerns. Please feel free to look through our CT Scan Page to learn preparations and common questions or call our offices at 504-883-8111.