An annual low-dose CT scan is recommended for the patients who:
Even if you do not fall within the above criteria, your insurance may still cover the cost of this screening.
Please call 855-665-8642 to learn more about insurance coverage for lung cancer screenings.
If you are aged 55-80 and have a pack-a-day smoking history, then your insurance is required to pay for the screening. If you are outside this age bracket, but feel you would like to get the screening, it would be best to see your primary care doctor and get a referral recommending you for the screening. It is then likely that some coverage may be available.
The best time to get a LDCT Screening is before any symptoms develop. This way you can catch any abnormalities before they develop. Once you have symptoms, you should see your physician immediately so that you can be evaluated and treated. Lung cancer is the deadliest cancer for adults because the cancer is not usually addressed until patients are in the late stages, when chances of survival are low. Treating these cancers in the early stages increases survival dramatically.
Low-Dose CT scans are recommended annually for patients who are at risk of developing lung cancer.
Compared to a conventional CT, the low-dose CT scan for lung cancer uses approximately 5 times less radiation.
This depends, but the best option is to first visit your primary care doctor. They will be able to inform you if you can get the screening partially or fully covered by insurance. The standard cost for a scan is usually around $250 without insurance coverage, but sliding scale fee options are available for patients experiencing financial hardship.
A CT scan takes a more thorough image of your whole chest and lungs, making it much easier to find abnormalities.
Traditional X-rays can identify lung tumours that have grown to be the size of a dime, whereas the low-dose CT scan detect a tumour that less than a quarter of the size. The smaller the cancerous growth, the greater the chances of survival. Lung cancer is 80% curable if detected early enough.
A Low-Dose CT scan takes about one minute. You will be asked to change into an exam gown and lay on the screening table. From start to finish, the entire appointment will take about 30 minutes or less.