Low-Dose Computed Tomography (LDCT) is an effective tool in screening for lung cancer and should be done before there are any symptoms. The goal of an LDCT lung screening is to save lives. Without this screening test, lung cancer is usually not found until a person develops symptoms. At that time, the cancer is much harder to treat. This quick, non-invasive procedure looks for abnormal lesions that could be a potential cancer. Screening with low-dose CT has been shown in the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) to reduce by 20 percent the risk of death from lung cancer among current or former smokers, aged 50-80 who have a smoking history of at least 20 pack years (a pack year is equal to one pack or 20 cigarettes a day for one year) The lung nodule program monitors abnormal lesions detected on the CT scan to discover cancer at the earliest possible stage. A specialist in the disease of lungs determines what additional tests are needed to diagnose potential lung cancer.
According to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), a LDCT lung screening is recommended for people who are at high risk of lung cancer. Patients who are, or may be, at high risk fit the following criteria:
Health outcomes, benefits and risks are important for your physician to consider when recommending an LDCT lung screening. Not all people who smoke may fit the criteria necessary for screening. Your healthcare provider or a Lung Nurse Navigator can help you determine if you fit the criteria appropriate for receiving an LDCT lung screening.
At Memorial Hermann your lung cancer screening will include:
How much does the screening cost?
Most insurance plans will cover the screening if you fit one of the high-risk categories. For patients whose insurance does not cover the screening, we offer it at an all-inclusive, cash price of $150. Any additional testing you may need, based on the results from the screening, will be billed to your insurance.
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The best way to prevent lung cancer is to stop smoking. In tandem with Memorial Hermann’s Lung Cancer Screening Program, a dedicated team of Oncology Nurse Navigators offer tobacco cessation counseling to help patients quit using tobacco products and educate them on lung cancer prevention. For more information, click the button below.
Your healthcare provider or a Lung Nurse Navigator can help you determine if you fit the criteria appropriate for receiving an LDCT lung screening.
Please note: You will need an order for the lung screening from your healthcare provider before your exam.
If you do not have a physician's order, call (833) 770-7771 or fill out the Contact Us form on this page to be connected to a Lung Nurse Navigator, who can help you obtain the order, get scheduled for your test, or answer any questions.