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.
The 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.
- Individual 55-80 years of age for most commercial insurances
(Government Payers will not cover after age 77)
- 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?
Raleigh Radiology has four convenient CT locations throughout Wake County. All Raleigh Radiology CT facilities have met the American College of Radiology’s (ACR) requirements and are designated as ACR approved Lung Cancer Screening Centers.
Is a Low Dose CT Lung Screening Covered by Insurance?
Some insurance companies are beginning to cover Low Dose CT Lung Screening exams if you meet specific criteria. 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.
Download patient education information about this procedure and helpful cessation information to help you quit smoking.
For more information about smoking cessation, visit the helpful links below:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Office on Smoking and Health
Nicotine Anonymous (NicA)
National Cancer Institute
American Heart Association
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
American Lung Association
American Cancer Society
Ask your physician for a Low Dose CT Lung Screening referral.