Heart and Lung Screening
Are you at high risk for lung cancer? A 10-Minute Combined HeartView and Low-Dose Lung Screening, only $149
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the United States. Early detection and treatment can increase your chance of survival.
Who benefits from an annual Lung Screening?
• 55 or older
• Current or former smokers with at least a 30 packs per year history or a 20+ packs per year history with another risk factor for lung cancer (significant exposure to radon or asbestos, or a family history of lung cancer)
Can I get a Lung Screening if I don’t meet the above criteria?
• If you meet the criteria for a HeartView scan, you can receive one lung screen as part of that scan. A HeartView scan requires a CT scan, which includes most of the chest. With some minor changes to the HeartView technique, we can include the lungs for a combined HeartView and lung screening. The study will be read by a physician who will look for suspicious changes in the chest and for calcification in the arteries of the heart. A calcium score will be provided which helps your doctors determine your risk for having a heart attack.
What if I only want a Lung Screening?
• If you meet the criteria for annual lung screening and do not want a HeartView scan or have already had a HeartView scan, you may schedule a Low Dose Lung Screening for $99.
What if the doctor finds a nodule in my lung?
• Most lung nodules found on CT are benign (non-cancerous) from a prior infection or inflammatory process. Unfortunately some nodules can be developing lung cancer or distant spread from a different cancer somewhere in the body, which has traveled to the lung. We can not always tell the difference between these nodules from a single screening study. If the doctor reading your scan finds a nodule he/she may recommend a full diagnostic study and/or recommend participation with a Pulmonologist’s nodule clinic. A Davis hospital Patient Navigator (certified nurse) will contact you and help you get connected with a pulmonologist, or send the results to your current pulmonologist.
What are incidental findings and what happens if there is an incidental finding on my scan?
• Incidental findings are unexpected findings on the exam not related to why the exam was performed. If action or follow-up is needed for any incidental finding, our Patient Navigator will make sure those recommendations get to your primary doctor. If you do not have a primary health care provider, our Patient Navigator will help you find one.
How is the scan performed and what can I expect?
• The scan is performed on a CT scanner. You will lie flat on the table for a few minutes while the scanner is setup. A few electrodes are placed on your chest to time the images with your heart beats. The actual scan will take about 12–18 seconds while you hold your breath. The whole process should be less than 10 minutes.
Is there anything I should do to prepare for the screening?
• If you are getting a HeartView with your lung screening, it is best if you do not drink caffeine or smoke prior to the scan. Caffeine and smoking can affect your heart rate during the exam.
• One of the best ways the doctor can determine if a nodule is cancerous or not is to follow the nodule to see if it is slowly growing. If you have had any prior CT examinations that include the chest, we recommend you get a copy of those exams on a disk. We may be able to use that exam to show that nodules on your screening study have been stable or have grown.
Do I need a doctor’s order?
• No. If you meet the criteria for a Lung Screening or HeartView Scan, a combined study can be performed without a doctor’s prescription. We can help you determine if you are a candidate for either exam and schedule you for the study through our Well line (1-866-431-WELL).
• It is best if you provide us with the name and contact information of your primary care provider, so that we can ensure they receive the results of your exam.
Does insurance cover the exam?
• Currently most insurers do not cover lung screening. The new evidence for the benefits of Lung Screening in the high-risk population is very good and we hope that they will adopt this potentially lifesaving exam in the future. At this time, no insurance will be billed or filed.
Call 1-866-431-9355 today to schedule a lung screening for you or someone you care about.
Advanced Imaging Technology
Today's advanced imaging technology makes it possible to see inside the human body more clearly than ever before. Our sophisticated equipment enables doctors to diagnose and treat disease faster and with even greater accuracy. Along with the confidence that comes from knowing that your medical team is equipped with the diagnostic tools required to provide better care for you, our investment in technology means you'll benefit from quicker, more comfortable procedures.
Patient Centered Care
We designed our Imaging Department to maximize your comfort. Our friendly staff is dedicated to making your experience here as pleasant as possible. For the convenience of our patients and their referring physicians, we provide:
Easy and flexible scheduling, including some walk-in appointments
Comfortable waiting areas
Prompt delivery of test results
Faster, Better Communication
Because we use a fully digital, electronic imaging system, your doctor has immediate access to the results of your diagnostic procedures - and can view them on a computer screen, using secure Internet access, from home, the office or the hospital.
Our electronic archiving also makes your entire hospital record available to authorized staff at the click of a computer button. If you come back to the hospital with an emergency, your information is instantly available to your doctors and nurses for faster care.
To schedule an appointment in our Imaging Department, please call 801-807-7120.
Preparing for Your Imaging Procedure
If you have a scheduled appointment, please discuss the procedure and any special instructions with your doctor before you arrive. If a test is ordered while you are a patient at the hospital, your physician, nurse or technician can explain the procedure and answer any questions you have.
These general guidelines will help you prepare for and stay comfortable during your procedure:
Wear loose-fitting clothes. Don't wear items containing metal. You may be asked to change into a hospital gown. In some cases, you may be asked to remove jewelry, watches, hairpins, eyeglasses or dentures.
Some tests require that you go without eating or drinking for a specified time beforehand. Be sure to ask your doctor about this at least 24 hours before your procedure.
Tell your technologist if there is any chance you may be pregnant or if you are breastfeeding.
Tell your technologist if you are allergic to shellfish or iodine.
Some procedures require you to remain still for a period of time. Your technologist will explain what you need to do for a successful procedure.
Advanced Imaging Capabilities
Our Imaging department includes some of the most advanced medical equipment in use today. In addition, all of our systems are digital, enabling us to provide higher quality images and faster retrieval. With our board-certified radiologists and experienced technicians making use of these sophisticated technologies, our capabilities translate into services for you that are second to none.
- 64-slice CT Scanner
Computer Tomography (CT) scans create images of internal organs, tissues and bones. In just seconds, this advanced technology can make a complete scan of your entire body — or produce detailed views of a targeted area, such as the brain or heart. Physicians can view the individual images (called “slices”) for specific detail. Or they can assemble the images to create a three-dimensional view of an organ. The result often is a faster, more precise diagnosis. The 64-slice CT scanner in our Imaging Department is among the most sophisticated available.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging
MRI technology relies on a combination of radio waves, computer technology and a strong magnetic field to produce high-definition, three-dimensional images of internal organs and structures. Physicians order MRIs to diagnose a wide range of conditions, from cancer, heart and vascular disease and strokes to joint and muscle disorders.
- Nuclear Medicine
Nuclear medicine uses tiny, safe levels of radioactive liquid to help physicians diagnose disease. The liquid is formulated so that after you drink it or receive it through an IV, it goes to the part of the body being studied. Then, special cameras scan the affected area. The cameras can detect disease by registering metabolic changes made visible by the liquid. Nuclear medicine procedures are painless and you are exposed to no more radiation than you would receive from a traditional X-ray.
- General X-ray
X-rays are the most traditional form of diagnostic imaging. Even with the advent of many newer and highly advanced technologies, X-rays remain an important part of our Imaging Department and are commonly used to view broken bones and other medical conditions.
- Radiographic/Fluoroscopic (R&F) Unit
Radiographic/Fluoroscopic equipment is most commonly used for upper gastrointestinal and barium studies to detect the cause digestive problems. We also use this technology to detect spinal cord abnormalities, fractures of vertebrae, and certain internal organ functions.
- Digital Mammography
Digital Mammography is used for the screening and early detection of breast cancer. Women over 40 are encouraged to have a mammogram annually. To make this procedure more comfortable for our patients, we use soft, cushioned pads on our mammography equipment.
Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images inside the body that can be viewed on a monitor. It’s a safe and painless way to view the health and development of a baby before birth. Ultrasound can be used to view other areas of the body, including the heart, liver, bladder, kidneys and breasts.