Self pay lung screening for cancer
Screening for cancer means testing before there are any symptoms. Screening for some types of cancer has reduced deaths by early detection and treatment. Now there is a test that can reduce death from lung cancer through early detection. The test is not recommended for everyone and it has risks as well as benefits.
Low-dose spiral computed tomography (CT) is a rapid, non-invasive test that uses low doses of radiation -- as much as 30 to 50 percent less than regular CT -- to provide three-dimensional images of
the lungs in a matter of seconds.
The scan, which is not covered by insurance, is available as self-pay for $250. Patients interested in getting the test must have a referral from their primary care physician.
Banner Boswell Medical Center and Banner Lakes Outpatient
Imaging are both following criteria established by the National Lung
Screening Trial, which studied the following patient population:
- Ages 55-79
- A minimum of 30 pack year history of smoking (a pack year is one pack of cigarettes a day for one year)
- Current smoker or quit smoking less than 15 years ago.
Per the NLST trial, patient who meet the minimum qualifications can
be screened. The Low Dose CT Screening for Lung Cancer exam has
been endorsed by: American Lung Association, American Cancer Society.