About 1 out of 4 Low Dose CT lung screening exams will find something in the lung that may require additional imaging or evaluation. Usually these findings are lung nodules.
Lung nodules are small collections of tissue in the lung. These nodules are very common, and the vast majority, more than 97% - are not cancer (benign). Most are either lymph nodes or small areas of scarring from past infection.
Less commonly, lung nodules are cancer. If a small lung nodule is found to be cancer the cancer can be cured more than 90% of the time. That is why we are screening you.
In order to distinguish the large number of benign (non-cancerous) nodules from the few that are in fact cancer, we may need to get more images before your next yearly screening exam. If the nodule has suspicious features (for example, it is large, has an irregular shape or grows over time), we will refer you to a specialist for further testing.
When will I get the results of my LDCT lung screening exam?
The report of your LDCT lung screening exam will be sent to your physician within 48 hrs. You will receive the results of your exam within 2 weeks. If you do not hear from us within 2 weeks, please call our lung screening navigator, Deb Egger at (540) 332-5349.