CT Lung Scan
Introducing Lung Cancer Screening for High Risk Patients
Low Dose CT Scan Checks Your Chest
Low-dose CT screening for lung cancer provides a detailed view of your chest and lungs. CT scans, or Computerized Tomography, is recognized as beneficial for high-risk patients who need to have their lungs and chest closely examined, but have been unable to endure anesthesia or risk surgery to get a look inside.
To understand how CT scans works, think about getting a look at the individual slices of bread in a loaf, without having to damage the wrapping. Once your doctor gets to see the individual slices, they can magnify certain sections as well as combine sections, change views and just basically get much more information than from ordinary x-rays.
CT Scan Eligibility
Physician criteria for patients interested in this procedure, target individuals between the ages of 55 and 74, who are current or former heavy smokers, who have a history of 30 pack years of smoking. A pack year is number of packs smoked per day multiplied by number of years smoked:
- 1 pack per day for 30 years = 30 pack years
- 2 packs per day for 15 years = 30 pack years
Additional criteria include:
- Former smokers must have quit within the past fifteen years
- Not have a history of cancer within the past five years
- Those interested in the CT Lung Screening will need to have a physician referral
- Be aware that the procedure is not covered by insurance
- Cash payment of $250 is due at the time of service.
You or your physician can schedule an appointment by calling (727) 461-8555.
Lung CT Screening Locations:
For more information about lung cancer programs at Morton Plant Hospital , call (727) 462-7509.