Lung Cancer Screening

Advanced Imaging of Montana

The Benefits

Low-dose CT scan are a painless and noninvasive procedures that can find lung cancer when it’s in the early stages. Lung cancer screening finds 80 percent of lung cancer at an early stage when it is more curable.

Who should get lung cancer screenings?

  • You’re age 50-77.
  • You don’t have signs or symptoms of lung cancer (asymptomatic).
  • You’re either a current smoker or have quit smoking within the last 15 years.
  • You have a tobacco smoking history of at least 20 “pack years” (an average of one pack (20 cigarettes) per day for 20 years).
  • You get an order from your doctor.

About your visit

The technologist will position you, often lying flat, on the exam table. You will be asked to raise your arms over your head. Then, the table will move more slowly through the machine as the CT scan is performed. You’ll hold your breath while the machine is scanning, usually for about 5 to 10 seconds. This ensures that your lungs do not move, creating a more clear image. The entire exam should take around ten minutes total.

After your appointment, the radiologist will look at the results, search for anything of concern, put together a report that discusses anything unusual that showed up in the images, and make recommendations for any follow-up care. The radiologist then sends the report to the physician who referred you for the screening.

Prep & Safety

Most low-dose CT exams last 15 minutes but the actual scanning takes about two minutes. Please arrive 30 minutes before your appointment, so we can properly prepare for your imaging. You can eat and drink as you normally would before your appointment.


Advanced Imaging is a Designated Lung Cancer Screening Center.

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