What can I expect from the results?
PK˛ĘĆ± one out of four lung cancer screening tests will find something in the lungs that may require additional imaging or evaluation. Most of the time, these findings are lung nodules (very small densities in the lungs). These nodules are very common, and the vast majority of themâ€”more than 97%â€”are not cancer. Most are normal lymph nodes or small areas of scarring from past infections.
Less commonly, lung nodules are cancer. If a small lung nodule is found to be cancer before symptoms appear, there is a more than 90% chance of curing the cancer.
To distinguish the large number of benign, noncancerous nodules from the few nodules that are, in fact, cancer, we may require more tests before your next yearly screening exam. If the nodule has suspicious features, such as a large size, an odd shape or growth over time, we will refer you to a specialist for further testing.
Will my doctor also receive the results?
Yes. The healthcare provider who ordered your lung cancer screening will receive a copy of your results.