Lung Cancer is the leading cause of death for both men and women worldwide. Through early screenings, cancer can be detected in the early stages and treated. The doctors and medical professionals at St. Mark’s Hospital are committed to bringing awareness and accessibility to all people at high risk for lung cancer by offering lowdose computed tomography (CT) screening with a physician referral as a covered preventive benefit from insurace.
Millcreek Imaging has partnered with St. Mark’s Hospital to provide Low-Dose CT Screenings.
A lung cancer screening with low-dose CT scan takes pictures of the lungs to look for potentially cancerous spots. CT images are better at finding abnormalities than a traditional chest X-ray. A screening trial of 53,454 current or former heavy smokers conducted by the National Cancer Institute in 2010 revealed that participants who received low-dose helical CT scans had a 20 percent lower risk of dying from lung cancer than participants who received standard chest X-rays. The amount of radiation received during a low-dose CT lung cancer screening is less than the amount received annually from naturally occurring radiation that’s present in the environment.
To see if you qualify for a low-dose CT screening, answer the following questions:
- Are you between the ages of 55 and 80?
- Do you have a smoking history equivalent to 30 packs a year (i.e. 1 pack a day for 30 years or 2 packs a day for 15 years)?
- Are you currently smoker or have you quit within the last 15 years?
1. Make an appointment for a Low-dose CT (LDCT) screening
If you meet the screening criteria your first step is to speak with your primary care physician to get a referral for a low-dose CT scan.
2. Call to schedule your screening
Call (801) 313-1955 to schedule your Low-Does CT appointment at St. Mark’s Hospital Millcreek Imaging Center:
Millcreek Imaging3738 S 900 E
Millcreek, UT 84106
Hours: Mon-Fri 7:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday 8:00am - 12:00pm
3. Await screening results from your patient navigator
Following your screening, a radiologist will read the report and notify the patient navigator who will be tracking your results. They will update you and your provider on whether any follow up action is needed.