Lung Cancer Screening

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in men and women worldwide. Low-dose computerized tomography (CT) lung screening can save lives of individuals at high risk of developing lung cancer. CT lung screening uses special X-ray technology to scan the body and make a series of detailed images of the lungs. This type of test can detect lung cancer in its earliest stages when it is most treatable.

The United States Preventive Services Task Force and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, among others, recommend that current and former smokers at high-risk for lung cancer discuss the appropriateness of the CT lung screening with their primary care provider.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Age 55 to 74 years old
  • Currently, a smoker or have quit within the past 15 years
  • Smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for 30+ years or two packs a day for 15 years
  • No history of lung cancer themselves

Coverage

Coverage for CT lung cancer screening may vary among insurance companies. To ensure compliance with your medical insurance, all orders are authorized through our Prior Authorization Coordinator. If you do not have insurance, you will need to cover the entire cost of the screening before services are performed. Please contact our Financial Counselor at 715-463-7247 if you have payment questions.

Other Considerations

Lung cancer screening has some risks. Before undergoing a CT lung screening, you should understand and discuss the potential risks and benefits of the test with your provider.

Scheduling a Screening

An order for the CT lung screening must be placed by your primary care provider. To schedule an appointment with your provider to discuss whether the screening would be beneficial and safe for you, please call 715-463-5353.