Low Dose CT Lung Screening
Lung cancer is the number 1 cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and is responsible for more deaths annually than breast, prostate and colorectal cancers combined. A landmark national study, the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, has indicated that screening with low-dose CT scans can help find lung cancers early, leading to a higher cure rate. Diagnosing lung cancer at an early stage, before the cancer has spread, increases a patient’s chance of successful treatment and survival.
What is lung cancer screening?
The Lung Cancer Screening is a low-dose CT scan (computed tomography) which is a type of imaging. The scan covers the entire chest and provides a more detailed look than a standard chest X-ray. The exam takes about 15 minutes in total, with the actual scan lasting only 5 to 10 seconds.
What does it cost?
Many insurance companies are now covering with no cost to the patient. However, this will vary depending on your insurance plan. Please confirm with your insurance company and speak with our CT Lung Screening Navigator.
Who should get a low dose CT Lung Screening Exam?
Medicare and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommend low dose CT lung screening for high risk patients as defined below. Those who have symptoms of a lung condition at the time of screening, such as a new cough or shortness of breath, are not eligible.
- Medicare: 55-77 years old with 30-pack year smoking history and is a current smoker or has quit within the last 15 years
- USPTF: 55-80 years old with 30-pack year smoking history and is a current smoker or has quit within the last 15 years
NOTE: Eligibility criteria may vary depending on your insurance plan.
Where do I go for a screening?
Sentara offers lung cancer screenings at two convenient locations in North Carolina:
Sentara Albemarle Medical Center
Advanced Imaging Center
1144 N. Road St.
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
Sentara Kitty Hawk
Advanced Imaging Center
5200 N. Croatan Highway
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
What happens after my screening?
Your ordering physician will be informed of your screening results within five business days. If the results are abnormal, your physician will coordinate the appropriate follow-up appointments and care.
Where can I find help to quit smoking?