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
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
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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