Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer deaths for both men and women worldwide. Research shows that low-dose CT scans are the most successful in detecting lung cancer in those at risk.
Lung Cancer Screening
Centerpoint Medical Center is committed to bringing awareness and accessibility to all people at high risk by offering a low-dose Computed Tomography (CT) lung screening to current and former smokers who have no symptoms of lung cancer.
Centerpoint Medical Center’s low-dose CT screening is proven to be more effective in detecting lung cancer than X-rays by detecting suspicious nodules.
Are you Eligible?
Group 1: 55-74 years old
- Are currently a smoker or have quit within the past 15 years.
- Have smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years.
Group 2: 50 or older
- Are currently a smoker or have quit within the past 15 years
- Have smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years.
- Have one additional lung cancer risk factor, not including secondhand smoke exposure.
Prepare for a Screening
A CT scan of the chest requires a physician’s order. Our medical team will pre-screen you—when we receive a physician’s order—to determine if you are at a high risk for developing lung cancer. If you are, we will call you to schedule your lung screening procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a low-dose CT lung cancer screening?
A lung cancer screening with low-dose CT takes pictures of the lungs to look for potentially cancerous spots. CT images are better at finding abnormalities than a traditional chest X-ray. A screening trial of 53,454 current or former heavy smokers conducted by the National Cancer Institute in 2010 revealed that participants who received low-dose helical CT scans had a 20 percent lower risk of dying from lung cancer than participants who received standard chest X-rays. The amount of radiation received during a low-dose CT lung cancer screening is less than the amount received annually from naturally occurring radiation that’s present in the environment. Centerpoint Medical Center offers state-of-the-art imaging services and is accredited by the American College of Radiology.
What is the benefit of lung cancer screening?
A key to successful treatment of lung cancer is early detection of the disease. The primary purpose of this lung cancer screening is to detect and diagnose lung cancer at an early stage in order to improve treatment options and effectiveness. The images acquired are reviewed for the presence of lung nodules, masses or other abnormalities suspicious for lung cancer. If you are 50 years of age or older and have smoked the equivalent of a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years, your risk for lung cancer is high enough to be screened.
Who should consider a lung cancer screening CT exam?
This screening program is for patients 50 years of age or older who have smoked at least the equivalent of a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years with no history of cancer and who do not have symptoms of lung cancer identified by a doctor. Screenings remain an individual decision that should be discussed with a healthcare provider who can assist you in weighing the risks and benefits of the screening.
Is there a downside to lung cancer screening?
A CT scan can potentially pick up spots in the lungs that are ultimately revealed to be not cancerous, but their presence may lead to anxiety about the findings. The process to determine if these spots are benign or malignant can include additional procedures to help diagnose the findings and, in a small percentage of cases, may involve surgeries that would otherwise not be recommended. Also, the small dose of radiation from the exam poses a small and negligible risk of causing cancer.
Will my insurance pay for the lung cancer screening?
Currently, a low-dose lunch cancer screening is covered by most health insurance carriers. You can get further information from your insurance carrier by checking your benefits.
What can I expect during my screening?
During your screening you will be lying flat on the CT table while the scanner rotates around you, gathering images of the inside of your lungs. The CT images provide the radiologist with detailed information that will be used to detect and diagnose disease. The entire screening typically requires a single breath hold and is usually completed in less than ten seconds.
How will I get my results?
A Centerpoint Medical Center radiologist will interpret the exam. The results will be provided to both you and your ordering physician.