Lung Cancer Screening
At Summit Radiology, we know that early detection is a proven, successful strategy for fighting many forms of cancer. We offer lung screening with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) for people at high risk for lung cancer. It is the only recommended screening test for the disease.
We have earned the prestigious acknowledgement from the American College of Radiology (ACR) as a designated Lung Cancer Screening Center. This designation is awarded only if an imaging facility has achieved accreditation by the ACR in CT scanning and signifies that our facility’s lung cancer screening program and protocol meets the highest standards of the radiology profession. We are proud to be one of two facilities in the State of Illinois to have received this distinction.
Your procedure will be performed by an ARRT registered Technologist and interpreted by one of our board-certified Radiologists. Results are available within 24 hours and mailed to both your physician and home addresses.
Should I get a Lung CT scan?
The US Preventative Services Task Force, American Cancer Society, American Lung Association and American Medical Association recommends low-dose CT screening as a means to reduce the likelihood that an individual at high risk for lung cancer will die of lung cancer. However, individuals considering low-dose CT screening should understand the following points:
- Smoking cessation remains the most effective way of reducing the risk of developing lung cancer. The single best way to prevent lung cancer is to never start smoking
- Medicare/Medicaid and most insurance companies currently do not cover the cost of low-dose CT screening. However, any follow-up care required after the exam will likely be covered by your insurance or Medicare/Medicaid.
- A low-dose CT scan has the potential for revealing abnormalities that are not caused by lung cancer and that you did not expect. These findings may require that you be subjected to additional diagnostic procedures, which have their associated risks and costs.
- While low-dose CT scans tend to expose you to less radiation than normal CT scans, you will nevertheless be exposed to radiation.
Do I qualify for a LDCT Lung Screening?
The American College of Radiology has set specific requirements for those individuals who may be seeking LDCT Lung Screening. The recommended screening population is listed below:
- Patients who are between the ages of 54-80
- A smoking history of at least 30 “pack-years”. This calculates to 1 pack a day for 30 years, or 2 packs a day for 15 years, etc. You can calculate your individual pack years by going to : www.smokingpackyears.com
- If no longer smoking, must have stopped smoking within the past 15 years.
- General health should be free of any life-limiting comorbid conditions. The chest/lung area should be free of any metallic implants or devices, which will degrade the images.