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 (established by the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force March 2021 recommendations):
- age 50 to 80
- cigarette smoking history of at least 20 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.
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.
If your CT lung screening reveals an abnormal pulmonary nodule (growth on the lung), you may be referred to Beaumont’s Lung Nodule Clinic,
where multidisciplinary teams of experts provide early diagnosis and expedited care for lung nodules.
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.