Who should get screened?
If you meet the following criteria, you may qualify for LDCT lung screening:
What is the goal of LDCT lung screening?
- Between the age of 50 and 77.
- Have smoked an average of one pack of cigarettes a day for 20 or more years.
- Current smoker or one who has quit smoking within the last 15 years.
The goal of LDCT lung screening is to save lives. Without LDCT lung screening, lung cancer is usually not found until a person develops symptoms. At that time, the cancer is much harder to treat.
Do I need to prepare?
LDCT lung screening is one of the easiest screening exams you can have. The exam takes less than 10 seconds. You don’t need to have medication or a needle. You can eat before and after the exam. You don’t even need to change as long as the clothing on your chest doesn’t contain metal. But you must be able to hold your breath.
Is there a cost for this screening?
LDCT lung screening is available to people who meet the high-risk criteria. Most health plans cover it. Please check with your insurance carrier before your appointment to find out if your health plan covers the costs. Financial assistance may be available through the Carle Financial Assistance Program for those who qualify.