CT screening for lung cancer is helping doctors catch it earlier. Now a new microcoil technique could allow them to treat those patients sooner, too.
The cost of your annual lung cancer screening may now be covered by Medicare, according to guidelines released recently by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Find out if you are eligible.
Lung cancer kills more people in the United States than breast, prostate, colorectal and pancreatic cancers combined. However, there’s a new recommendation that can reduce deaths among high-risk patients by as much as 20 percent: annual low-dose computed tomography (CT) scans. “These low-dose CT scans have become the standard of care quite recently,” says Peter Mazzone, … Read More
Story updated 3/11/2015 Last year, the United States Preventive Services Task Force, an influential panel of national medical experts, recommended that older, longtime smokers be screened annually for lung cancer — the leading cancer killer in the United States, with almost 160,000 deaths yearly — for early detection. The recommendation was supported by the American … Read More
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Lung cancer is the No. 1 cause of cancer deaths. Cleveland Clinic lung cancer specialists Nathan Pennell, MD, PHD answers common questions about this deadly disease – and offers reasons to be optimistic. When should I be concerned about a lingering cough? Dr. Pennell: A cough can indicate a variety of benign problems, but anything that’s … Read More
A new study suggests that there may be some value in using CT scanning to diagnose heart disease in a certain small subset of patients at risk for heart disease. This does not mean that everybody should rush out and get a CT of their heart. Cleveland Clinic cardiac surgeon A. Marc Gillinov, MD, and … Read More
Forget documents, spreadsheets and photographs. The 3-D printer at Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute can print a model of a human heart. “You can think of it a lot like an inkjet printer at home, just with an added dimension,” says Ryan Klatte, a senior research engineer. But when Klatte explains exactly what the printer … Read More
Your doctor may send you to a heart CT scan. A traditional CT scan is an x-ray procedure that combines many x-ray images with the aid of a computer to generate cross-sectional views of the body. Cardiac CT uses the advanced CT technology with intravenous (IV) contrast (dye) to visualize your heart muscle and structures, … Read More