Lung Cancer Screening
Catching lung cancer early improves your odds of survival. But the condition often shows no symptoms at first. That’s why a Low-Dose CT lung cancer screening at Owensboro Health is the best way to detect the disease in its initial stages—when treatment works best.
Ask your doctor or provider if Low-Dose CT Lung Screening might benefit your health or call our nurse helpline at 877-888-6647 to learn more.
Experts in lung cancer screening
You can rest assured Owensboro Health provides excellent care because other hospitals look to us for guidance in screening for lung cancer. As one of the nation’s earliest providers of lung cancer screenings, we’ve helped save some of your neighbors’ lives. Trust us to help take care of your life, too.
Is the screening right for me?
You qualify for a Low-Dose CT lung cancer screening at Owensboro Health if you’re at high risk for lung cancer.
- You currently smoke or quit within the past 15 years
- You have a smoking history of at least 30 pack years (meaning you smoked an average of one pack of cigarettes per day for 30 years, or two packs a day for 15 years)
- You are 55 to 79 years old
The screening is for people who aren’t experiencing lung cancer symptoms. See your primary care provider if you notice potential signs of lung cancer, including frequent coughing, recurrent bronchitis, coughing up blood and shortness of breath.
Get the screening
In 2015 the American Cancer Society found that only 3.9% of 6.8 million people who were eligible for lung cancer screening received it. Another study showed that if everyone who met criteria was screened that it could prevent up to 12,000 lung cancer deaths a year in the US.
What can I expect during the screening?
During the low-dose CT lung cancer screening, you’ll lie still on your back on a long table. The table will slowly move through a round machine that takes pictures of your lungs. You won’t feel any pain, and the scan will take less than a minute.
What does a screening cost?
The maximum out-of-pocket cost for a low-dose CT lung cancer screening at Owensboro Health is $250.
Following a CT lung cancer screening a patient may require additional testing and follow up. In these situations a patient would be responsible for charges for any additional testing not covered by insurance. Medicare covers annual screenings for beneficiaries age 55 to 77 who receive a prescription for the procedure. If you have insurance through a different provider, ask the provider whether the screening is covered.
Does the screening involve risks?
You’ll be exposed to some radiation during the lung cancer screening, but less than during a typical CT scan. As with any screening, you also face the possibility of a false positive—a test result that incorrectly suggests you may have a disease. Follow-up diagnostic tests either confirm or disprove a positive screening result.
What happens after the screening?
If the results of your low-dose CT scan reveal nothing unusual, schedule another screening in a year. But if the screening shows something abnormal in your lungs, a medical professional will notify you and your primary care provider. You’ll find out whether you’d benefit from more testing, such as additional imaging or a biopsy.