With the campaign Un respiro per la vita, the University Campus Bio-Medico Hospital offers all smokers between the ages of 55 and 75, or those who have stopped smoking for less than ten years, the opportunity to check the health status of their own lungs by means of low-dose spiral Computed Tomography (TC) free of charge.
Smokers are in fact the people most exposed to the risk of lung cancer, in addition to those who present risk factors such as:
- actual or potential exposure to carcinogenic substances affecting the lungs (asbestos, radiation, beryllium, hydrocarbons, etc.)
- diagnosed pathology of Chronic Obstructive Pneumopathy (COPD)
The exam lasts 6 seconds and the report will be delivered the same day, during a specialist appointment for free thoracic surgery.
If the result of the examination is negative, no further checks are foreseen. If instead the report indicates the presence of pulmonary neoplasia, the patient can continue the diagnostic-therapeutic procedure under the agreement with the National Health Service (SSN).
The report is considered negative if there is no evidence of nodules, or there are nodules smaller than 5 mm (in the second case it is at the discretion of the doctor to prescribe new checks in the following months).
The report is considered positive if the examination detects the presence of nodules of a size equal to or greater than 5 mm. Based on the size of the nodules observed, patients will be referred for the necessary diagnostic investigations. If the dimensions of the nodules are 5 mm, it is advisable to keep them under control with a high-resolution CT scan to be performed one year after the first exam. If the nodules present are between 5 and 8 mm in size, a high-resolution CT scan is recommended three months after the first diagnosis. Finally, if the nodules are larger than 8 mm, it is necessary to perform a more thorough examination (e.g. a PET).
To make a booking, a questionnaire must be filled out to verify the criteria for accessing free screening. Those who have undergone the examination during previous editions of the campaign cannot book the free Spiral CT.
Monday – Friday
9.30 – 11.30 am and 2.30 – 3.30 pm
Tel. +39 06 22541 1460