CT Lung Screening

Low Dose CT Lung Screening

Lung Cancer is the number one cancer killer in America claiming more lives than colorectal, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancer combined. Without early detection screening, over 95% of lung cancer patients eventually die from the disease, usually within a few years of diagnosis.

Annual Low Dose CT Lung Screenings can aid in finding lung cancers in their earliest stages, when up to 90% can be cured. Low Dose CT Lung Screening is an exam with the ability to detect lung cancer in its earliest stages when it is most treatable. It consists of a low dose, non-contrasted CT that uses X-rays to scan the entire chest in about five to ten seconds during a single breath hold. The exam takes about 15 minutes in its entirety to complete.

This exam is for patients that are at high risk for lung cancer. Patients at high risk possess the following characteristics and should participate in a shared decision conversation with their physician, as an order is required.

  • Individual 55-80 years of age for most commercial insurances
  • At least a 30 pack/year smoking history
    (Calculated by the number of packs per day multiplied by the number of years as a smoker)
  • Current smokers or former smokers who quit within the last 15 years.

If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for CT Lung Cancer Screening, you can use the Lung Cancer Risk Calculator at http://www.shouldiscreen.com

Where is Low Dose CT Lung Screening offered?
Ft. Jesse Imaging Center offers patients a clean, comfortable, and convenient outpatient atmosphere for patients to have their exam. Ft. Jesse Imaging’s facility has met the American College of Radiology’s (ACR) requirements and is designated as ACR approved Lung Cancer Screening Center.

Is a Low Dose CT Lung Screening Covered by Insurance?
Several insurance companies are beginning to cover Low Dose CT Lung Screenings if you meet specific criteria, including Medicare.  Check with you insurance carrier to see if it is a covered benefit with your specific policy.  If Low Dose CT Lung Screening is not covered by your plan, ask about our self-pay pricing.