Low Dose Lung CT
Early detection of lung cancer may mean the difference between life and death. We offer a lung-cancer screening that uses low-dose CT scan technology. A low-dose CT scan can help us detect small and potentially curable lung cancer – in its early stages – for patients older than 50 who have a history of heavy smoking.
Medicare and many managed-care providers cover annual low-dose lung cancer screening for eligible patients. To be eligible, you must be:
- Between 55 years old and 77 years old, or up to 80 years old if you have managed care
- A current smoker or one who has quit smoking within the last 15 years
- Asymptomatic (which means you have no signs or symptoms of lung cancer)
You also must have a tobacco-smoking history of at least 30 pack years. This means, for example, that you’ve smoked at least one pack a day for 30 years, two packs a day for 15 years or three packs a day for 10 years.
If you don’t have insurance, you must pay $99 at the time of service.
You must get a doctor’s prescription before you can get a low-dose lung CT screening, and many insurance providers require a physician consultation before the screening takes place. Ask your doctor if one is right for you.