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More people die of lung cancer each year in the United States than any other type of cancer, yet when it’s caught early, there are more treatment options
and higher survival rates. In fact, annual screening with CT scans can detect lung cancers in their earliest stage, and up to 90 percent can be cured.
Based on screening guidelines established by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, patients who are considered high-risk for lung cancer may find benefit in having a low-dose CT screening to detect early lung cancer.
What is CT Screening?
Computed tomography (CT or CAT scan) is a diagnostic test that uses a combination of X-rays and computer technology to create cross-sectional images (often called slices), horizontally and vertically, of the body. A CT scan shows detailed images of the
bones, muscles, fat, blood vessels and organs.
As a result, CT scans are very detailed and help physicians diagnose many conditions that may not be as easily diagnosed with other imaging methods like X-ray or ultrasound.
Who is eligible for a CT lung cancer screening?
Patients who meet the guidelines developed by the National Lung Screening Trial and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network are eligible for a CT lung cancer screening, with a written order from a physician. This screening program involves having an
annual chest CT scan for three years.
Eligible participants must meet the following criteria:
- age 55 to 77
- cigarette smoking history of at least 30 pack years (one pack-year = smoking one pack per day for one year; one pack = 20 cigarettes)
- current cigarette smoker, or one who has quit smoking within the last 15 years
You must have a prescription for a screening from your doctor before scheduling. Please talk to your doctor if you think you are eligible.
Is the screening covered by insurance?
Many insurances will cover the cost of the screening for individuals who meet the eligibility criteria. If you do not meet all the criteria but your doctor still feels the screening could benefit you, ask about a low-cost self-pay option.
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