Lung Cancer Screening Sponsor - Southtowns Radiology

Low-dose CT of the chest is the only screening currently recommended for early detection of lung cancer and is proven to save lives.

Low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) is a special type of imaging that takes very detailed, 3-D pictures of your lungs. While it uses 75% less radiation than a traditional CT scan, it also shows significantly more detail than a standard chest x-ray. The screening test does not require any injections or dyes, nothing needs to be swallowed orally, and no fasting is necessary.

Southtowns Radiology is a designated Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR). As such, we follow the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommend annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose CT in patients:

  • age 50-80 (age 50-77 for patients covered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services)
    - AND -
  • who currently smoke OR
  • who have quit smoking within the last 15 years AND
  • who have a 20 pack-year history of smoking.

With regular screening, our radiologists can see changes in your lung tissue as they compare images from year-to-year. Evidence suggests that lung cancer screening programs could detect approximately one-half of lung cancer cases as an early stage and save nearly 20,000 lives each year. With early diagnosis, lung cancer can be caught before it spreads, and is more likely to be treatable and even curable in certain cases.

Southtowns Radiology offers low-dose CT lung cancer screenings at both our Hamburg and Orchard Park offices. Call 716-649-9000 to schedule your appointment. Most appointments take approximately 10 minutes, and results are usually provided to the doctor who ordered the screen within 48 hours (with the exception of Saturdays).

We are proud to offer Phillips iDose technology on its 64-slice scanner for a reduction in radiation levels of up to 50%. This advanced iDose technology adds greater peace of mind for patients concerned about radiation exposure while actually improving image quality.


The American Lung Association’s Lung Cancer Risk Quiz Your Eligibility for Screening

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in America, but now there's hope. Screening is used to detect lung cancer early, when it is more likely to be curable. If lung cancer is caught before it spreads, the likelihood of surviving 5 years or more improves to 63 percent.* Talk to your doctor and decide whether to set up a visit or explore remote telehealth options to discuss next steps about screening.

*Based on early-stage lung cancer stats (stage 1 vs. stage 4)

Take the Lung Cancer Risk Quiz here.