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How Is Lung Cancer Screening Performed?

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The only recommended screening test for lung cancer is a low-dose computed tomography of the chest (also called a low-dose CT scan, or LDCT). During an LDCT scan, you are asked to lie on a table and an X-ray machine using a low dose (amount) of radiation takes detailed images of your lungs. The scan only takes a few minutes, is painless and is not a closed system.

If the LDCT reveals any abnormal findings, a recommendation is made according to current guidelines. If a suspicious nodule is found, additional imaging studies such as a PET CT scan may be indicated and sometimes a biopsy may be necessary to confirm whether a nodule is cancer or not.

The Risks and Benefits of Screening

As part of the screening process, you will meet in-person or by phone with our nurse practitioner to discuss the benefits and risks before making an informed decision together (shared-decision making visit).

Benefits:

  • Lung cancer found at an early stage is associated with better survival
  • Smoking cessation counseling is offered as part of the lung cancer screening

Risks:

  • Abnormal findings may be identified that are not related to cancer (false positive)
  • Exposure to low-dose of radiation
  • Overdiagnosis or Missed diagnosis
  • Additional testing
  • Emotional Stress

What is the cost of LDCT?

Lung cancer screening is covered 100% by Medicare and Private Insurers if the individual is eligible as per current guidelines.

If the individual is eligible and does not have insurance, a discounted fee for the chest CT screening may be offered. The fee is currently $99.

Lung Cancer Screening Resources


American College of Radiology GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer Screening NCI Designated
  

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