Are you a smoker or do you have a history of lung cancer in your family? If so, then you are likely a good candidate for a CT lung cancer scan. Although it might sound like a fairly invasive procedure that you won’t want anything to do with, CT lung cancer scans are actually quite the opposite. Read on to learn more about what you can expect from you first CT lung cancer scan.
What is the procedure like?
A CT scan is an x-ray examination that uses radiation treatment to examine your lungs. For your chest CT, you will usually lie on the examination table flat on your back, on your side or on your stomach. The use of straps or pillows may also be used in order to not only make sure you are comfortable during the procedure, but that you stay in the same place as well. During the scan, you will likely be asked to hold your arms above your head in order for the machine to pick up a solid x-ray image of your lungs. Once the scan has started, the table will slowly move through the scanner in order to get the proper imaging. During this point in the process, you will be asked to hold your breath for about 10 seconds at a time while the scan picks up the proper images of your lungs.
What does it feel like?
If you have ever had an x-ray to analyze a potential broken bone or even to get a closer look into your mouth and jawbone, then you know just how painless they really are. And when it comes to CT lung scans, they are just the same. As a non-invasive and pain free approach to assessing your lungs, a CT scan is nothing to be worried about.
What are the benefits?
Getting a CT lung cancer scan comes with a lot of benefits including the ability for your doctor to pick up any small nodules or cancerous spots that otherwise wouldn’t be detectable.
If you are in need of a CT lung cancer scan, remember that you really don’t have much to worry about. To learn more, contact our office today!