FOR PATIENT INFORMATION

Learn About Your Health Risks & The Benefits of Lung Health Screening

At HALO Dx we believe in patient-driven diagnostics. Our customized lung reports enable quantitative visualization of lung disease and help with the treatment plan.

 

Are you an adult between 55-80 years of age and a current heavy smoker or have quit smoking in the last 15 years?

You may benefit from lung cancer screen

Lung cancer screening is free if you qualify per the recommended guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Forces (USPSTF)

Read below to learn more

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

HOW IS LUNG CANCER SCREENING PERFORMED?

  • Halo Dx offers low dose computed tomography (LDCT) scans for lung cancer screening at their Desert Medical Imaging Center, Indian Wells

  • Patients lie on their backs on a table, that goes inside a large machine which then takes the images

HOW DO I PREPARE BEFORE THE SCAN?

  • Inform your referring physician about any lung conditions and/or respiratory concerns

  • Remove any wearable devices and metal accessories

HOW DO I FOLLOW UP AFTER THE SCAN?

  • Typically, an appointment lasts for about 30 minutes, although the actual CT scan usually takes only a few minutes (or even less) 

  • After the scan the patient can leave and resume normal activities

  • The scans are read and interpreted by radiologists and the reports are sent to the referring physician or pulmonologist

  • Patients should follow up with referring primary care provider or pulmonologist for more information.

WHAT ARE SOME SMOKING-RELATED HEALTH RISKS OTHER THAN LUNG CANCER?

  • If you are a long-time heavy smoker, you are at a high risk of developing one of the following conditions:

  1. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) 

  2. Airway diseases such as chronic bronchitis

  3. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)

  4. Coronary calcification (hardening of blood vessels)

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION ON LUNG CANCER SCREENING?

  • Here are some additional websites for more information 

  • U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, USPSTF (link)

  • Mayo Clinic (link)

  • American Lung Association (link)

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (link)

  • UpToDate Lung Cancer Screening (link)

WHAT ARE THE EXPECTED OUTCOMES OF A LUNG CANCER SCREENING TEST?

  • No abnormalities: In the event that no abnormalities are found, individuals can decide if they like to continue to screen annually until a certain age

  • Detection of lung nodules: Lung nodules may be detected. Small nodules (<3mm diameter) are clinically insignificant

  • Larger nodules may require further attention and monitoring within a few months. If the nodule continues to grow, a lung biopsy may be recommended

HOW DO I KNOW IF I QUALIFY FOR LUNG CANCER SCREENING?

  • Fill out the form below and answer some simple questions to see if you qualify for a lung cancer screening test

  • Have questions or like to schedule an appointment, leave us a message and our staff will contact you

 

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