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Professional Radiology and Outpatient Imaging Services

Lung Screening

Attention smokers. This pain-free Low-Dose CT scan of the chest takes less than 10 seconds. Using a sophisticated low radiation multi-detector CT scanner, the procedure can detect lung abnormalities not visible on a standard chest x-ray that might indicate early-stage lung cancer. Special protocols are used in the screening process. And early lung cancer detection can improve treatment outcomes.

Why Should I Have The Screening?

Chest CT is especially effective for diagnosing lung cancer at its earliest, most curable stage. An x-ray of the chest can be taken to look for early lung cancer, but recent medical studies have shown that low-dose CT scans provide better results. CT scans are able to detect very small nodules in the lung that would not otherwise be visible on a plain chest x-ray. Many nodules will be non-cancerous and require no treatment. Some nodules may require further testing.

  • About two out of three people diagnosed with lung cancer are 65 or older.
  • Fewer than 2% of all cases are found in people younger than 45.
  • Lung Cancer Screening can help detect lung cancer earlier, when it's more treatable.

Who Should Have a Lung Screening?

The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommends a Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening annually, intended for individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • Men and women who are between the ages of 50 to 80
  • Current or former smokers (quit within last 15 years)
  • 20 pack year history (Packs Per Day X Years Smoked = Pack Years)

Risk Factors for Lung Cancer Include

  • Smoking tobacco
  • Significant exposure to second-hand smoke
  • Significant exposure to asbestos or radon

Schedule a Screening

Midwest Radiology maintains dedicated scheduling resources for all outpatient imaging center locations. We offer same-day scheduling and accept most forms of medical insurance. Call us today!

Schedule a Screening


Our outpatient imaging services are provided through St. Paul Radiology and Suburban Imaging clinics conveniently located throughout the Twin Cities area. We offer top quality imaging services that generate high-resolution imagery using state-of-the-art medical imaging equipment.

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Qualified, caring, honored, and committed ─ the best of Midwest Radiology. Our radiologists are board certified by the American Board of Radiology and have extensive training and expertise in medical imaging. They are dedicated to providing the highest level of quality imaging services to all patients and healthcare providers.

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