Fighting Lung Diseases With Health Screenings


Health screenings are used in many aspects of the medical profession to prevent the progression of diseases, to assess symptoms and to try to prevent the development of illness.  One of the more common areas where screening is used is in lung health. 
An estimated 154,050 Americans were expected to die from lung cancer in 2018, which accounts for around 25 percent of all cancer deaths, according to the American Lung Association.

Common Lung Disorders & Their Symptoms

Smoking is a leading cause of chronic respiratory diseases, such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis. These diseases are major conditions of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD and lung cancer could become uncommon in future generations if smoking rates were reduced, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Symptoms of these lung disorders include, but are not limited to, worsening cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, coughing up blood, and back pain, among others. The symptoms are not very specific, and can often be attributed to other ailments. This makes screening all too important.

Below is a brief explanation of each condition.

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): Lung conditions marked by the inability to exhale normally.
    Chronic bronchitis: A type of COPD distinguished by a chronic cough.
    Emphysema: Lung damage that allows air to be trapped in your lungs and reduces the patient’s ability to blow out air.
    Lung cancer can develop in any part of the lungs. Your treatment options depend on the type, location, and the spread of lung cancer in your body.

How Early Detection Saves Lives

Early detection for these diseases is crucial to any patient’s health.  With any disease, the earlier it is detected, the earlier it can be fought.  With lung disorders, it is highly beneficial for patients who have a history of smoking or chronic lung issues to get tested regularly.

Depending on the stage of lung cancer, treatment options include radiation, surgery, chemotherapy, and medications.  The earlier the stage, the more options your doctor has to treat the condition effectively.

Science Supports Low-Dose CT Scans as Lung Cancer Screening

While the reduction of smoking rates is the best solution for lung diseases, early screening is the best way to catch the diseases early, and to reduce the chances of death.  A newly accepted method of screening for lung cancer is an annual screening with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT).

The results of the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) found that screening with low-dose computed tomography scans compared to chest X-ray reduced lung cancer deaths among older heavy smokers by 15-20 percent.

Should You Get a Lung Cancer Screening?

Your primary care doctor is your first stop for discussing your smoking history, lung health, and lung cancer risks. If you need to find a low-dose CT lung screening, call Doctors Imaging.

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A Look at Doctors Imaging’s Medical Equipment

At Doctors Imaging, we like to provide the best service, staff, and equipment along with the best price for our patients. We believe that everyone should have access to these machines so that they can be confident in their treatment plans and knowledgeable about their health conditions.

We have a 3T MRI and we offer an open MRI for the patients that feel uncomfortable or claustrophobic in the traditional MRI. A 3T MRI is the most powerful MRI machine for every part of the body and we are the region’s first freestanding center to offer its capabilities. There are other facilities and hospitals that use the 1.5T MRIs, but at Doctors Imaging, we want the most powerful equipment and since insurance companies usually charge the same price no matter what the equipment is, you can have the best equipment and images for a lower price than you would pay at a hospital.

In addition to our MRI machines, we also offer the low-dose CT machine, a powerful CT machine with the lowest radiation settings possible. We use the Toshiba Lightning Aquillon CT scanner with Adaptive Iterative Dose Reduction 3D software. With this technology, multiple “slices” or pictures of the examined area can be provided to doctors allowing them to see further and deeper into the body so they can give a thorough diagnosis and treatment plan. This machine allows for up to 75% reduction rate in radiation as opposed to many other CT machines on the market. We understand that radiation exposure is a concern for many of our patients which is why we dedicate ourselves to providing the best and safest care possible.

At Doctors Imaging, we also provide digital X-rays so there is less radiation exposure from this as opposed to the traditional X-ray machines. We also offer 3D ultrasounds so that expectant mothers, as well as medical patients, can have the most in-depth and detailed images of their babies and bodies available to them.

We want people to know that if you need a medical imaging procedure, you are not required to go to a hospital. Instead, you can come to Doctors Imaging in Metairie and have an immediate appointment, almost no waiting time, fast results and a great affordable price.

Visit our Make an Appointment page or call 504-883-8111 for the best days and times for your imaging procedure.