What is involved with having a low-dose CT scan for lung cancer?
We offer a comprehensive screening process, centered on your needs. Generally, it involves:
- Scheduling: Most often, we will contact you to schedule a screening if you are eligible. You or your doctor also can call us to schedule a screening. Most insurance companies do not charge copay or deductible for the lung cancer screening.
- Informed decision-making meeting: The day of your screening, our dedicated nurse practitioners meet with a group of six to 10 patients at a time to explain the process and answer questions. Once we have answered all your questions, we’ll walk you to your screening.
- CT scan: The CT scan is quick and painless. It uses a combination of X-rays and computer technology to create detailed images. You don’t have to worry about receiving too much radiation during screening. Our low-dose CT scan technology means you’ll experience about a quarter of the radiation emitted by standard CT scans.
- Results and follow-up: We will review your scan results and send the findings to your primary doctor. Your doctor will discuss your results with you. We’ll also share any other concerns we identify, such as potential heart or blood vessel problems.
- Additional tests: If the scan shows something suspicious, we may ask you to return for follow-up screening in a few months. If we spot an abnormality, our team can work with you to immediately schedule a positron emission tomography (PET) scan and other follow-up procedures.
- Ongoing screening: Screening for lung cancer is a process, not a single test. Individuals who qualify should have a yearly CT scan as long as necessary. We usually recommend annual screening until people have gone 15 years without smoking tobacco.
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