Early detection can save lives.
- Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women worldwide.
- Nearly 160,000 Americans die of lung cancer each year.
Results of the National Lung Screening Trail showed that screening with low-dose CT compared to chest x-ray reduced lung cancer deaths among older heavy smokers by 20 percent. Improved detection at earlier stages, when lung cancer is more easily treated, is key to increased survival.
If you are at high risk for lung cancer and you and your doctor determine that you should be screened, it is important that you receive your low-dose CT (LDCT) scan at a facility with staff who have expertise in lung cancer screening.
About the Program
Following in line with annual preventive screenings such as mammograms, colonoscopies, prostate exams, lung cancer is now approved through Medicare for an annual screening. If you fall in the high risk category for lung cancer, you may qualify for this annual screening with a low dose CT. With board certified radiologists to interpret the study, Wadley Advanced Imaging is accredited through the American College of Radiology to perform these screenings.
- Age 55 – 77 (Medicare Beneficiaries)
- Asymptomatic – no signs or symptoms of lung cancer
- Tobacco smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (one pack-year = smoking one pack per day for one year; 1 pack = 20 cigarettes)
- Current smoker or has quit smoking within the last 15 years
For the initial LDCT lung cancer screening, a Medicare beneficiary must have a lung cancer screening counseling and shared decision making visit with a physician or nurse practitioner in order to get the written order for the LDCT.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a CT?
Computerized tomography (CT) scan uses special x-ray technology to make detailed pictures from different angles of structures in your body. During the test, you will lie on a table that is attached to the CT scanner, which is a large doughnut-shaped machine. Each rotation of the scanner provides a picture of a thin slice of the organ or area.
Should I get a CT scan to screen for lung cancer?
Early diagnosis could save your life. It is important that you speak with your physician to discuss your health history and understand the benefits and risks. Only low-dose CT scans are recommended for
What happens if I choose to get CT scan for lung cancer?
This should be a shared decision between you and your physician. There are some radiation risks and you may need to have additional tests or procedures depending on your results. You should go to a hospital or imaging center that has met the American College of Radiology requirements.
What do the results mean?
Through the Wadley Lung Scan program, you will receive a written notification on your findings and if follow-up is needed.
A “suspicious” result means the scan shows something abnormal. This could mean lung cancer or it could mean some other condition. You may need to have additional procedures to have a definitive diagnosis.
A “negative” result means that there were no abnormal findings on the CT scan. It does not mean you absolutely do not have lung cancer or that you won’t get lung cancer. Your doctor should discuss when and if you should be tested again.
Does insurance cover the procedure?
Medicare covers this annual preventive screening if you meet the criteria of being in a high risk category. If you have commercial insurance, you would need to check with your carrier. There is a cash price if not covered under your insurance of $200.00
For more information to see if you qualify, call 844-490-LUNG (5864)
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