As the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the United States, lung cancer claims more than 160,000 lives annually. Most of these deaths are related to the effects of cigarette smoking. Until recently, there has not been a proven method for early detection of lung cancer, so most lung cancers were diagnosed in later stages when they were more difficult to treat.
Today, patients with a history of cigarette smoking can benefit from reliable
screening for early detection in the form of a low-dose computed tomography
(CT) scan. The Outpatient Imaging Departments at FirstHealth Moore Regional,
Richmond Memorial and Montgomery Memorial hospitals offer the Lung CT Screening.
Who qualifies for Lung CT Screening?
Individuals ages 55 to 74 who have smoked at least an average of one pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years. This includes people who still smoke or who have quit within the past 15 years.*
*To calculate your pack-year history, multiply the number of years you smoked by the number of packs you smoked per day. If you smoked two packs per day for 15 years, for example, you have a 30 pack-year history.
How does the screening work?
A Lung CT Screening works basically the same way as a CT screening for any other body part, with the patient lying beneath the scanner, which captures high-resolution images of the lungs. The scan is painless and takes only a few minutes.
“Dyes” or contrasts are not used for these scans.
- Lung CT Screening is safe, and patients get only slightly more radiation than they would get from a traditional X-ray.
- A board certified radiologist at the hospital interprets the screening. Results are shared with the patient by a
Who pays for the screening?
Insurance plans do not currently cover the cost of Lung CT Screening. The fee for the exam is $180, which is payable at the time of the exam.
Do I need a physician referral?
A physician referral is not required, but you must have an established primary care physician to receive the results of the test.
How do I get more information?
For more information for you or your physician’s office or to schedule this exam, call (855) 715-2258.