Medical advancement offers new hope to battle top Australian cancer killer
A landmark US study has found annual lung screening with low dosage computed tomography (CT) contributed to a 20% reduction in the rate of death from lung cancer, as compared with traditional chest X-ray. Siemens Healthineers (formerly Siemens Healthcare) is supporting the charge from leading Australian radiologists for widespread access to the safer and more effective technology through their low dose CT scanning innovations.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in Australia, killing more people than other prominent forms of the disease such as breast, prostate and bowel cancers.
According to the US study, CT screening is the most effective method for detecting lung cancer in its early stages, where the disease is less complex, resulting in higher survival rates. With approximately 12,000 new lung cancer cases diagnosed in Australia in 2015, the advancement and widespread availability of low-dose CT screening could significantly combat this national challenge.
Chest X-rays have long been the primary detection tool for lung cancer, due to the vast accessibility and relatively safe levels of radiation. However Dr Brendan Adler, Director of Radiology at Envision Medical Imaging, Perth, argues that widely available low-dose CT technology could have a significant impact in increasing the national lung cancer survival rate.
“The radiation dose reduction in CT now makes it the industry’s most comprehensive approach to early lung cancer detection, when delivered in standard low-dose lung protocols, such as those on all Siemens CT scanners. This technology has the potential to make a significant impact to the survival rates of sufferers and should be available to every Australian,” Dr Adler said.
Doctor Adler’s clinic in Perth was one of the first to initiate low dose lung scanning in Australia with their Siemens SOMATOM Force system – one of the company’s latest CT innovations, providing lung scanning protocols with radiation dose ranges as low as a traditional chest X-ray.
“In the first 12 months since implementing this new technology we have detected a significant number of lung cancers at a much earlier stage and lower level of radiation dose, compared to traditional methods. This technology truly has the potential to save people’s lives,” Dr Adler explained.
Dr Adler currently performs low dose CT lung scans using the SOMATOM Force on patients with medical need for regular assessment due to occupational exposure to known carcinogens, such as asbestos and other occupational risks associated with the mining industry. The practice has recently received recognition as global leaders in low dose imaging in their use of the technology.
Lauren Greig, CT Business Manager for Siemens Healthineers in Australia, said the flagship CT scanner utilises the most advanced CT technology currently available worldwide.
“Building on years of clinical experience and working with pre-eminent clinicians world-wide, we were able to design the Force from the ground up, specifically to address the remaining challenges of modern CT imaging. I am proud to say that the Force boasts the lowest dose scans in the world, creating new channels of exploration and best practice in patient care,” she said.
About Envision Medical Imaging
Envision Medical Imaging is a private Radiology practice in the Perth suburb of Wembley with a special interest in the imaging of lung disease.
Dr Brendan Adler FRANZCR
Dr Adler is a Specialist Radiologist with subspecialist training in Thoracic Radiology and lung disease. Dr Adler has been practicing medicine since 1985 and completed several advanced fellowships including a specialist fellowship in Cardiothoracic Radiology in France.
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