Low-Dose CT Lung Screening
Low-Dose CT Lung Screening was endorsed by Medicare in January 2015 for patients who qualify as “high risk” patients.
- Are you between the ages of 55 to 77?
- Have you smoked at least a pack a day for at least 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years?
- Are you still smoking or have you stopped within the past 15 years?
If your answer is ‘yes’ to all three of the above questions, you may qualify as a “high risk” patient and may be eligible for insurance coverage. Contact your doctor to see if a Low-Dose CT Lung Screen is right for you.
What to Expect During the Procedure
If your doctor requested a Spirometry test to measure how well your lungs work, this test will be done prior to the CT scan. One of our technologists will have you sit down and will place a clip over your nose to keep your nostrils closed. You will be asked to take a deep breath and breathe out as hard as you can for several seconds into a tube. You will be asked to repeat the test at least three times to make sure your results are consistent. This entire process normally takes less than 15 minutes.
For the scan, you will be escorted to the CT imaging table and asked to lie down on your back. A technologist will ask you to hold your breath for ____ seconds while the images are taken. The exam is completed in less than 10 minutes from entering the exam room to exiting.
How Should I Prepare?
One of our representatives will call to confirm your appointment and to go over qualifying questions with you for insurance purposes. We do not require any pre-procedure preparation for this procedure.
What to Expect After the Procedure?
One of our board-certified Radiologists will interpret your exam and send a report to your physician within 5 business days. Contact your referring physician for any information pertaining to the findings.