Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Findings of a large clinical trial showed that lung CT scan screenings reduced lung cancer deaths among smokers by detecting cancer earlier so it can be treated more effectively.
All Parkview hospitals offer low-dose chest CT scans called SmartLung CT. Taking only 15 minutes; a SmartLung CT is a simple, non-invasive scan that can detect lung cancer in its early stages. Often, lung cancer is quite advanced before symptoms indicate a problem exists.
A CT lung screening allows the radiologist to look at different levels, or "slices," of the lungs. The highly detailed images can often reveal (non-cancerous) abnormalities or lung cancer.
How do SmartLung CT scans work?
SmartLung CT lung screening is a non-invasive, painless procedure that uses low-dose X-rays to screen the lungs for cancer. A CT lung screening allows the radiologist to look at different levels, or “slices,” of the lungs. The highly detailed images can often reveal (non-cancerous) abnormalities or lung cancer.
How do you schedule a SmartLung CT scan?
Speak with your physician about obtaining a SmartLung CT as part of your overall health program. Your doctor can write an order for the scan, help you schedule it and provide follow-up as necessary. A SmartLung CT scan also is available to individuals who meet the following criteria:
- Are between the ages of 50 and 77
- Are asymptomatic of lung cancer
- Have a tobacco smoking history of at least 20 pack-years (one pack-year = smoking one pack per day for one year, one pack = 20 cigarettes)
- Are a current smoker or have quit smoking within the last 15 years
- Have received an order for lung cancer screening
Where is Parkview’s SmartLung CT available?
The SmartLung CT scan is available at all Parkview hospitals and outpatient sites that provide CT scanning services.
How much does a SmartLung CT scan cost?
The $99 cost of a SmartLung CT may be covered by insurance with a physician’s referral. Please check with your insurance provider to find out whether this test is included under your coverage.