· Those looking for a detailed lung screening in Goyang, South Korea.
· Those who are aged 45 to 75 and are smoking/ex-smokers.
· Those who are exposed to secondhand smoke.
· Those who have been exposed to cooking flames from coal or wood fumes, diesel gas, or radiation.
· Those who have a high risk of suffering from lung cancer, although no symptoms are showing.
What is Respiratory System Screening?
Early detection is the key to surviving all cancers, including lung cancer. Testing for the disease is best done if you are at risk (have smoking history/are smokers, exposed to secondhand smoke etc), and you show no symptoms or don’t have a history of cancer at all. This way, if cancer is detected, treatments can start earlier and work more effectively.
The recommended test for lung cancer is the low-dose computed tomography (low-dose CT scan, or LDCT).
How It Works
During the scan, you will lie down on a table and an X-ray device will use a low dose of radiation to produce the images of your lungs. The X-ray will focus on a specific part of your body and move around the area to capture multiple images.
Please lie still and hold your breath when asked. The scanning will not be painful at all, and takes only a few mins.
Advantages and Limitations of Respiratory System Screening
· No fasting required before the scan
· Identifies potential lung cancer
· Opportunity to create treatment strategies
· Opportunity to make changes in lifestyle
· No risk of allergic reaction
· Regular check-ups are recommended
Lung cancer screening is recommended only for adults who are at risk at developing the disease. Risk factors include smoking history, exposure to secondhand smoke, age and others. Reasons for the screening to be recommended only for certain people are:
· The test may produce a false-positive result (test indicates lung cancer is present when no cancer is present). This will lead to follow-ups and even surgeries that are unnecessary and carry more risks.
· The test may find cases of cancer that have never caused an issue for the patient (overdiagnosis). This will lead to more treatments that are not needed.
· Radiation from repeated LDCT may cause cancer in otherwise healthy people.
Q1: How often should I get screened?
A1: Yearly screening is recommended, but it is advised to stop once you have reached 81 years old, or have not smoked for the past 15 years, or developed certain health issues. Your doctor will give guidance on this based on your condition.
Q2: Can CT scans cause cancer?
A2: No, they will not cause cancer. Since very low doses of ionizing radiation is used, no harmful effects have been observed in humans who have taken CT scans. However, if you are pregnant, do consult a doctor to discuss whether a CT scan is suitable for you.
Q3: Do I need to fast before the screening?
A3: No, fasting is not required for the screening.
Q4: Can pregnant women undergo the screening?
A4: Pregnant women are not advised to proceed with the screening.
Q5: How long does the screening take?
A5: The screening takes about 15 to 30 mins.
Q6: Are there any restrictions after the screening?
A6: After the screening is done, you may go about your activities as normal. Your doctor will notify you when the results are ready, and if follow-up imaging is required.
[Clinic Name] Dongguk University Ilsan Medical Centre
[Location] Goyang, South Korea
[Nearest Stations / Attractions] Clinic is 20 mins drive from the city center of Seoul and about 8 mins walk from Daehan Theater.
[Clinic Opening Time] 24 hrs
30 - 60 mins
Number of Postoperative Visit
Only recommended for adults who are at high risk for developing lung cancer due to their smoking history, exposure or age
No charge for cancellations made at least 48 hrs prior to appointment date