Lung Cancer Screening
CT lung screening, also known as low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) lung screening, is a diagnostic test used to detect early signs of lung cancer in individuals who are at high risk for developing the disease. It involves using a computed tomography (CT) scanner to obtain detailed images of the lungs, allowing doctors to identify any abnormal growths or nodules.
The primary goal of a CT lung screening is to detect lung cancer at an early stage, when it is more treatable and potentially curable. It is only recommended for individuals who are current or ex-smokers.
CT lung screening is now covered by Medicare and some insurance plans if you meet the below criteria. Therefore, you must meet with a provider to determine if you are a candidate for CT lung cancer screening. We can only perform this exam if specific criteria is met and have a provider order. Please follow up with your provider for evaluation and further instructions.
Lung Screen Criteria
One of the greatest advantages of low-dose CT lung screening is early disease detection in those who are well, but at risk for certain cancers. Candidates for CT lung screening must meet the following criteria:
- If you currently smoke cigarettes: You are 50-77 years of age AND have a smoking history of 20 pack years or more (this means 1 pack a day for 20 years, 2 packs a day for 10 years, etc.)
- If you are a former cigarette smoker: You have quit smoking within the last 15 years (with a 20-pack-year smoking history).
- No signs or symptoms of lung cancer.
- To submit exam to insurance, your physician must document that you have met to discuss if you are a candidate for CT lung cancer screening and will order the test if appropriate.
- Must be at least 1 year + 1 day since last CT lung screening.
How To Schedule
To make an appointment, you will need an order from your provider. If you don’t have a primary care provider, our awesome network navigators can help you find one! Call us at (317) 468-6174 from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. for help with scheduling or you can visit Find a Doctor to browse providers.
The CT lung screening is offered at the following Hancock Health locations and imaging centers.