The Importance of Screening For Lung Cancer In High Risk Patients

Striking statistics show that even though lung cancer is the biggest killer in America, lung cancer screenings are critically low. Especially for high-risk smokers, low-dose CT scans are vital when monitoring lung health and screening for cancer. If you or  someone you know may be at risk for this deadly cancer, keep reading to increase awareness about lung cancer and how we can fight it.


The statistics behind lung cancer are frightening enough to make someone consider a CT scan. As the number one killer in the United States, lung cancer takes the lives of 426 each day with one of the lowest survival rates.

While there are numerous factors that may cause lung cancer, smokers are at the highest risk. Quitting is an important first step, but those who are currently or have been a regular smoker are still at risk.


Low-dose CT scans are vital for smokers because they can catch lung cancer at its earliest stages. This simple procedure takes images of the lung which can help detect cancer. Screening CT alone could save 15,000 lives if only half the high-risk population was screened.


CT scans are life-changing for some, but not recommended for everyone. Those who are at high-risk should undergo regular lung cancer screenings. For those at high risk, patients are covered by Medicare and most health insurance plans. This lifesaving scan can is available the most people with almost no cost. Current smokers and people over the age of 55 are the first that should consider taking advantage of the low costs and undergoing a CT scan.

If you’re at risk for lung cancer, take our advice and undergo a low-dose CT scan. Our radiologist can provide you with personalized results that will help keep your mind at ease or help you fight lung cancer successfully. Call us to schedule and be proactive about your health.



SRA is Accredited Lung Cancer Screening Center

SRA is Accredited Lung Cancer Screening Center

Southtowns Radiology received full accreditation from the American College of Radiology for low-dose CT lung cancer screening scans.  These scans screen high-risk patients for lung cancer using one short CT scan using a low dose of radiation.   Early detection can save lives and lead to better outcomes for patients.  The U.S. Preventative Task Force recommends annual lung cancer screening for patients that fit the following criteria:

  • Between the ages of 55-80
  • Have smoked 30 or more pack years (one pack per day for 30 years)
  • Current smokers or those who have quit within the last 15 years
  • Does not have a history of pulmonary nodule, lung cancer or suspicious findings on past chest X-rays

Talk with your doctor about whether you might be a candidate for this screening test.  For more information visit our Lung Cancer Screening webpage.


iDose and O-MAR increase CT image quality, reduce radiation

Phillips O-MAR

Southtowns Radiology is pleased to offer Phillips CT technology with iDose and O-MAR to improve image quality while reducing radiation dosage for scans.  Artifacts from large metal objects such as orthopedic implants can be problematic in imaging. These artifacts typically result in loss of anatomical information, impeding visualization of tissue and critical structures. That is why Southtowns Radiology is offering the Phillips iDose4 Premium Package. iDose4, Phillips’ 4th-generation iterative reconstruction technique improves image quality through artifact prevention and increased spatial resolution. O-MAR reduces artifacts caused by large orthopedic implants.  All of this is achieved while still reducing the radiation dosage up to 50%. 

Phillips O-MAR
Before and after examples of Phillips O-MAR technology reducing artifact for clearer images.

Phillips O-MAR technology