Unlocking Early Detection: Why CT Lung Screening Could Save Lives in Nevada

The American Lung Association reports that only 1.4% of Nevada's high-risk population underwent lung cancer screening, ranking the state 47th nationwide and falling below the 4.5% national average. Despite these concerning figures, Desert Radiology emphasizes the imperative of mobilizing the community for screening. Matt Grimes, chief operating officer at DR, and Shantele Batts with the American Lung Association, spoke with KSNV News 3 to get out the message about this life-saving scan.

The American Lung Association reports that only 1.4% of Nevada's high-risk population underwent lung cancer screening, ranking the state 47th nationwide and falling below the 4.5% national average. Despite these concerning figures, Desert Radiology emphasizes the imperative of mobilizing the community for screening. Matt Grimes, chief operating officer at DR, and Shantele Batts with the American Lung Association, spoke with KSNV News 3 to get out the message about this life-saving scan.

We’ve compiled some of the most frequently asked questions about lung cancer screening. As always, our trusted team at Desert Radiology are available to answer any questions you might have about setting up an annual CT lung screening.

Q: Why is lung cancer screening important?

A: Lung cancer screening is crucial because it allows for the early detection of lung cancer, which significantly improves the chances of successful treatment and survival. Desert Radiology emphasizes the importance of early detection through CT Lung Cancer Screening.

Q: What is CT Lung Cancer Screening?

A: CT Lung Cancer Screening, also known as low-dose CT (LDCT), utilizes specialized x-ray equipment and advanced computer technology to create detailed images of the lungs. These images help in identifying any potential signs of lung cancer at an early stage.

Q: Who qualifies for CT Lung Cancer Screening?

A: If you are between 50 and 77 years old, a current or former smoker with a history of at least 20 pack-years, and have no signs, symptoms, or history of cancer in the last 5 years, you may qualify for CT lung cancer screening. This screening is covered by Medicare and most major insurance providers. Take the American Lung Association Quiz HERE to see if you qualify for a free lung cancer screening.

Q: How can I get screened for lung cancer in Las Vegas?

A: To get screened for lung cancer in Las Vegas, start by taking the American Lung Association Lung Cancer Risk Quiz. This quiz will help assess your risk factors. Following the quiz, schedule a visit with your healthcare provider to discuss your results and inquire about scheduling a CT Lung Cancer Screening at Desert Radiology.

Q: Where to get lung cancer screening in Las Vegas?

A: Desert Radiology is an American College of Radiology Designated Lung Cancer Screening Center and offers CT Lung Cancer screenings at all 9 outpatient imaging centers across Las Vegas, Henderson, and Pahrump. To find a location near you, click HERE.

Q: What are the benefits and risks of CT Lung Cancer Screening?

A: The primary benefit of CT lung screening is the early detection of lung cancer, which leads to more effective treatment options and increased chances of survival. The associated risks, such as exposure to low levels of radiation, are minimal compared to the potential health benefits.

Prioritizing your health through proactive steps like CT Lung Cancer Screening is essential for a longer and healthier life. For more information or to schedule your screening, reach out to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 702-759-8600.

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