Rhode Island Medical Imaging

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Lung Cancer Screening

A recent study, called the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, compared the use of CT scans with chest x-ray to screen for lung cancer in patients aged 55-74 and who smoked one pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years. The patients screened with CT scans were found to have 20% fewer deaths from lung cancer than patients screened with x-ray.

Based on the results of the NLST, Rhode Island Medical Imaging (RIMI) has created the first comprehensive out-patient lung cancer screening program for eligible patients in Rhode Island. RIMI’s program is based upon the initial findings from the trial published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Lung cancer screenings are recommended for current or former smokers at least 55 years of age, who have smoked one pack a day for at least 30 years or 2 packs a day for 15 years.

Recently, the USPSTF recommends an annual lung cancer screening for adults 55 to 77 who have a 30 pack-year smoking history or have quit within the past 15 years.  This means that many insurances are now covering an annual lung cancer screening for patients who do not yet have symptoms.  RIMI recommends you check with your insurance company for your specific benefits.

If you are a current or former long-term smoker over the age of 50, ask your doctor about whether you should receive a lung cancer screening at any of RIMI’s five locations for early detection of lung cancer. Eligible patients require a doctor’s referral.

Rhode Island Medical Imaging partners with QUiTWORKS-RI.    QUiTWORKS-RI helps patients who want to quit smoking with free counseling and other resources. After your doctor faxes in a referral, QUiTWORKS-RI calls you within 3 business days and connects you with quit-smoking services, including telephonic counseling. QUiTWORKS–RI is open to all Rhode Island residents, whether they have health insurance or not.

Patient brochures are available for you to download.

Lung Cancer Screening Brochure

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East Providence I-195 West On-ramp Closures
Posted: 04.02.18

As RIDOT replaces the Parkway Ramp Bridge in East Providence (see below for more information), they will need to close the I-195 West on-ramps from Veterans Memorial Parkway and Warren Avenue in East Providence beginning Wednesday, April 4. Get detour information here.

Traffic heading north on the Parkway will follow a detour using Lyon Avenue to Warren Avenue to Broadway. Local traffic on the Parkway north of Lyon Avenue can use Mauran Avenue (the last street before the Parkway on-ramp) to Burgess Avenue to reach Warren Avenue and the detour route to Broadway.

Those heading to destinations on the East Side of Providence may wish to follow Valley Street to North Brow Street to Massasoit Avenue to use the Henderson Bridge as an alternate detour. Motorists also may wish to use Pawtucket Avenue or the Wampanoag Trail to the East Shore Expressway for I-195 West access.

The bridge replacement will be completed in late fall, however work on the nearby Washington Bridge will extend its reopening until the end of 2019.

Lung cancer expo highlights latest research, reinforces need for funding
Posted: 11.28.17

Despite lung cancer causing the most fatalities of any cancer in the United States, funding for lung cancer research has not drastically improved for many years. The American Lung Association drove home this message and other insights during the Lung Force Expo at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on November 8, 2017.