Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening

EARLY DETECTION can save lives!

Nearly 160,000 Americans die of lung cancer each year.

Lung Cancer is the leading cause of cancer related death for both men and women worldwide.

Of the top four deadliest cancers in the U.S. (lung, prostate, breast and colorectal), lung cancer, until now, was the only one not subject to routine screening. Based on the findings of the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), we know that CT lung screening can save lives of people at high risk for developing lung cancer.


Low-dose CT (LDCT) lung screening is quick and easy and results in a reduced amount of radiation exposure. Doctors Imaging is determined to raise awareness and improve access to this testing for all people at high risk.

You may qualify for a LDCT lung screening at Doctors Imaging if you fall into one of these categories:

CATEGORY 1

You are between 55 and 74 years old,

Are currently a smoker or have quit within the past 15 years, and

Have smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for 30+ years (or 2 packs a day for 15+ years, etc.)

CATEGORY 2

You are between 50 and 70 years old,

Have smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for 20+ years, and

Have one additional lung cancer factor (not to include secondhand smoke exposure).

Risk factors for lung cancer include having cancer in the past, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis, a family history of lung cancer and exposure to certain substances (including asbestos, arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, diesel fumes, nickel, radon, silica and uranium). Your health care provider can help you determine if you have one of these other risk factors.

SCHEDULE A SCREENING

Call 504-883-8111 to see if you qualify

If you think you meet the criteria, please call 504-883-8111 between 8 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday, to complete a screening questionnaire. Qualified candidates may be scheduled for their LDCT lung screening.

Please note: You must receive an order from your physician before your scheduled appointment.

COST

Insurance companies and Medicare now pay for 100% of the cost of LDCT Lung Cancer Screening for patients meeting certain age and smoking history criteria. To see if you qualify for this procedure please call us at (504) 883-8111. For patients without insurance Doctors Imaging only charges $99.

FAQs

What is CT screening?

Computerized tomography (CT) screening uses special X-ray technology to obtain image data from different angles around the body and then uses computer processing of the information to show a cross section of body tissues and organs.

What is the goal of LDCT lung screening?

The goal of LDCT lung screening is to save lives. Without LDCT lung screening, lung cancer is usually not found until a person develops symptoms. At that time, the cancer is much harder to treat.

How effective is LDCT lung screening at preventing death from lung cancer?

Studies have shown that LDCT lung screening can lower the risk of death from lung cancer by 20 percent in people who are high risk.

How is the exam performed?

LDCT lung screening is one of the easiest screening exams you can have. The exam takes less than 10 seconds. No medications are given, and no needles are used. You can eat before and after the exam. You do not even need to get changed as long as the clothing on your chest does not contain metal. You must, however, be able to hold your breath for at least 6 seconds while the chest scan is being taken.