Screening services offered at
- Abdominal Aortic Ultrasound
- Virtual Colonography
- Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring
- Lung Cancer Screening CT
- Vascular Disease Screening Exams including Arterial Ultrasound and Ankle Brachial Index Exams
Contact our office to learn more about the different screening services we offer at TRG.
What is lung cancer screening CT?
Computed tomography (CT) scanning for lung cancer screening is a special low-dose CT of the chest provided by ACR-accredited institutions to detect early signs of lung cancer in patients with risk factors (such as history of smoking).
Who can get lung cancer screening CT scans?
Discussion with your doctor will establish whether you qualify for lung cancer screening. In general, patients are 55-77 years of age and are current tobacco smokers or have quit smoking within the last 15 years.
What should I expect?
During your procedure, you will be asked to lie on a table that will move you through a donut-shaped scanner. Your technologist will give you specific instructions so that you don’t move or breathe during the scanning time. While you are being scanned, you may hear a whirring sound, which is the scanner moving quickly around your body. You may feel the table move to correctly position the body. Lung cancer screening CT takes only a few minutes to complete. Once your scan is complete, you will be able to return to your normal activities.
ct exams can be performed at ALL sites.
What is DEXA?
Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) examinations estimate the amount of bone mineral content and in some cases bone loss in specific areas of your body. The scan measures the amount of x-rays that are absorbed into the hip and lower spine. These areas are the most common for loss of bone density and risk for fracture. The measurements are compared to national standards for normal bone density and suggest your present state of bone density and risk of fracture.
What should I expect?
You will be asked to lie very still on the scan table and you will be able to breathe normally throughout the procedure. A scanner arm will pass over the area to be measured. A dual energy beam of x-ray passes through your body and is measured by a detector in the scanner arm. An exam usually consists of a spine and a single scan of the hip. The exam will take about twenty minutes.
How should I prepare?
Unless instructed otherwise, eat normally on the day of the exam. If possible wear clothing that doesn’t have zippers or metal.
How do I get the results?
After your study is over, the test will be evaluated by one of the TRG radiologists with expertise in bone density. A final report will be sent to your doctor who can then discuss the results with you in detail.