Regardless of whether you’ve recently quit smoking, or you continue to smoke, most people begin to think about their lungs and the damage they’ve inflicted by smoking.
People at high risk for developing lung cancer receive the screening every year. As a result, private insurers (such as Anthem, Cigna and United Healthcare) now cover the cost of the exam for eligible patients, as do Medicare and Medicaid.
To be eligible for the screening you:
- must be between the ages of 55 and 80 and in good enough health to withstand potential treatment for cancer, should something be found.
- must have a 30-year pack history of smoking. A 30-year pack history means the patient smoked about a pack a day for 30 years, or two packs a day for 15 years, and so on.
- may currently smoke, or may have quit smoking less than 15 years ago.
Annual screening is to be discontinued when the patient has been smoke-free for 15 years or if their health declines to a level at which they would no longer be able (or interested) in curative treatment for lung cancer.
Just as importantly, low-dose CT screening at Lexington Diagnostic Center is affordable. Because imaging is the focus of our business, we keep our costs low and pass the savings on to our patients. LDCT screening at Lexington Diagnostic Center is likely to be hundreds of dollars less expensive than a screening performed at a local hospital.