Computed Tomography (CT) Lung Screening
Parkridge Health System offers CT lung screening, a type of test that may be able to detect early-stage lung cancer and other issues. CT scans of the chest provide high-resolution pictures of the lungs, allowing detection of abnormal spots called nodules within the lungs. Lung cancer screening with a chest CT discovers cancers when they are smaller and potentially more curable. These nodules are usually too small to be seen on a chest X-ray.
Who Is It For?
The American Cancer Society indicates that individuals meeting all of the following criteria might be good candidates for CT lung screening:
- Those who are between 55 to 74 years of age
- Those who have at least a 30 pack per year smoking history AND are either still smoking or have quit smoking within the past 15 years
- Those who are in fairly good health
There is no preparation necessary for this examination. CT is a painless procedure that does not require medication. The screening charge is $50, due upon registration, and includes interpretation by board-certified radiologists. The exam is not covered by your insurance, and a physician order is required for this screening.
Results will be sent to your physician, who will discuss the results with you. The nurse navigator will follow up if needed to offer support, explain any further care that is needed and help coordinate any needed appointments.
Talk to your physician about how to sign up for this screening, which is available at Parkridge Medical Center and Parkridge East Hospital.