Steve Miliano is one of the lucky patients who had his lungs scanned just in time. He had smoked for years, but didn't experience any concerning symptoms; thankfully, his sister still encouraged him to go to The Christ Hospital for a lung scan. For this procedure, the patient lies down and is threaded through the screen area, then the scan is completed in just 30 seconds. Steve's scan was able to detect stage 3 lung cancer, leading to the lung surgery that saved his life.
Thoracic surgeon, Dr. Julian Guitron says, "Unlike colon cancer or breast cancer that have had screening programs for decades, lung cancer – which is bar none the number one killer when it comes to cancers – had not had any lung cancer screening programs until a couple years ago." With recent advancements in technology, these scans now have lower exposure to radiation and are also available at lower costs.