About the Program
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women, resulting in more than 150,000 deaths each year in the United States; a figure that is greater than the mortality rates of breast, prostate and colon cancer combined (1).
Low dose CT (LDCT) lung screening is quick and easy and results in a minimal amount of radiation exposure. North Arkansas Regional Medical Center is determined to raise awareness and improve access to this testing for all people at high risk. Therefore, we are currently offering LDCT lung screening to individuals who meet the established high-risk criteria.
LDCT lung screening is recommended for the following groups of people who are at high risk for lung cancer. You may qualify for a LDCT lung screening at North Arkansas Regional Medical Center if you meet the criteria below:
People ages 55 - 77 years old with:
History of 30 or more smoking pack years*
Currently smoking or quit within the past 15 years
No symptoms of lung cancer and no history of any cancer within the last five years.
* Smoking years = # of packs smoked per day x number of years smoked
If you meet these criteria, schedule a shared decision making visit with your doctor to discuss your eligibility and the benefits and harms of screening
Schedule a Screening
You do not have to be a North Arkansas Regional Medical Center patient to receive a lung cancer screening. However, you must schedule a shared decision making visit with your doctor before your scheduled appointment will be eligible.
What is CT Screening?
Computerized tomography (CT) screening uses special X-Ray technology to obtain image data from different angles around the body and then uses computer processing for the information to show a cross section of body tissues and organs.
What is the goal of LDCT lung screening?
The goal of LDCT lung screening is to save lives. Without LDCT lung screening, lung cancer is usually not found until a person develops symptoms. At that time, the cancer may be much harder to treat.
Cancers found in early stages are easier to treat and more successful at curing. Get this screening for yourself, for your loved ones.
How effective is LDCT lung screening at preventing death from lung cancer?
Studies have shown that LDCT lung screening can lower the risk of death from lung cancer by 20 percent in people who are at high risk (2).
How is the exam preformed?
LDCT lung screening is one of the easiest screening exams you can have. The exam takes less than 10 seconds. No medications are given, and no needles are used. You can eat before and after the exam. You do not even need to get changed as long as the clothing on your chest does not contain metal. You must, however, be able to hold your breath for at least 6 seconds while the chest scan is being taken.
Quitting smoking can be hard, and you may have even tried to quit in the past. Luckily, there a many resources available to help you on reach your goal, and North Arkansas Regional Medical Center is here to help you quit.
For more information, call 870-414-4888.
1. American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2014. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2014.
2. The National Lung Screening Trial Research Team. Reduced lung- cancer mortality with low-dose computed tomographic screening. N Engl J Med. 2011; 365:395-409.