CT Lung Screening Test
What is a low dose Lung CT Screening?
A low dose lung CT screening produces more detailed images than a regular chest x-ray and may find early signs of cancer. To have a low dose lung CT, you will be asked to lie on a narrow table and hold your breath as the table passes into an open ring, which moves around you during the test. It is painless and takes about 15 minutes.
Who should be screened?
- Lung screening is suggested for anyone between ages 55-79 who have a 30-pack year history of smoking.*
- Lung cancer survivors starting 5 years after initial treatment.
- Population over age 50, with a 20-pack year history of smoking and one other risk factor.
* To calculate your pack year history, multiply the number of packs smoked in one day by the number of years you have smoked.
If you believe you are at risk for Lung Cancer and would like to schedule a low dose CT lung screening test:
- Call (970) 593-6191 to schedule an appointment. Cost is $199 and due at time of service. No insurance billing.
- Results will be given to your physician (if you designate one), a copy mailed to you, and with your permission results will be reviewed by the Banner Northern Colorado Lung Cancer Screening Program to assist you with interpretation of results.
- The ACCP and ASTS recommends smoking cessation as a vital part of any lung cancer screening in current smokers.
- To learn more about how we can help you stop smoking contact the Banner Health Clinic specializing in Pulmonary Medicine smoking cessation clinic at (970) 203-2120 or Banner Health Center in Fort Collins at (970) 229-4600.
Other risk factors
- Occupational chemical exposure (arsenic, chromium, asbestos, nickel, cadmium, beryllium, silic, or diesel fumes).
- Known Radon exposure
- Lung cancer in a 1st degree relative (mother, father, brother, sister)
- Diagnosed with COPD
- History of other cancers (lymphoma, head and neck cancers, or
The importance of lung cancer screening
- Results from a National Lung Screening trial indicated 20% fewer deaths among current and former smokers who were screened with a low dose spiral CT over a chest x-ray.
- It is estimated over 80% of lung cancers could be cured if detected at an early stage.
- It is the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women in the United States, more than breast, colon and prostate combined.
- According to the American Cancer Society, 2012 statistics, lung cancer is expected to claim more than 160,340 lives.
Screening recommendations from
- American Lung Association
- American College of Chest Physicians
- American Society of Thoracic Surgeons
- National Comprehensive Cancer Network
- American Cancer Society