CT in McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania
Computed Tomography (CT): CT uses x-rays to take pictures of sections of the body. A CT scan shows the body’s organs more clearly and in greater detail than regular x-rays.
Fulton County Medical Center offers a 64-slice CT scanner which provides improved image quality and speed compared to conventional CT scanners. In addition, updated computer software has allowed for a reduction in the total dose of radiation you receive from an exam.CT scans help:
- Find abnormalities in the body which may indicate disease
- Determine how far a disease has spread
- Show the effects of treatment and how your body is responding to it
FCMC Diagnostic Imaging offers Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screeningsfor eligible candidates. Eligible candidates are between the ages of 55 and 80, have a history of heavy smoking, and smoke now or have quit within the past 15 years. Heavy smoking means you have a smoking history of 30 pack years or more. For example, a person could have a 30 pack year history by smoking 1 pack per day for 30 years or 2 packs per day for 15 years.
Lung cancer screening looks for potentially cancerous spots in the lung called pulmonary nodules. Screening is best performed with a low-dose CT scan, which can detect nodules up to 10 times smaller than those that can be seen by x-ray. This type of screening offers the best chance of finding lung cancer in its earliest, most curable stages.