New and Exclusive to Sheba: Early Detection of Lung Cancer – With 96% Less Radiation
From now on, yearly exams for the early detection of lung cancer can be performed without concern about radiation exposure. The development of advanced low-radiation ULTRA technology enables a new type of diagnostic test to be carried out using approximately 96% less radiation than conventional imaging techniques. The revolutionary procedure was developed by the Imaging Division at Sheba Medical Center, in conjunction with Tel Aviv University.
Comprehensive studies have shown that lung cancer screening in heavy smokers can significantly reduce mortality rates. Typically, the screening tests have been performed via standard CT scans, which involves about the same amount of radiation exposure as 15 chest X-rays. This quantity of radiation is not negligible, especially considering the need to repeat the CT scan every year.
In contrast to the standard CT scans used for lung cancer screening, Sheba Medical Center’s innovative test exposes the patient to radiation that is equivalent to only 5.1 chest X-rays – a dramatic reduction. The new test uses artificial intelligence to enhance the image quality; therefore, less radiation is needed.