Lung Cancer Screening

Next Steps

If you have a physician referral, you can schedule an appointment at a location convenient to you.

If you smoke or are a former smoker, you may need to be screened for lung cancer. Cancer screenings are extremely vital to detect cancer in the early stages when it is most treatable. New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) offers this important screening.

Lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer in the United States, and most lung cancer deaths are directly linked to cigarette smoking.

Often lung cancer symptoms aren’t noticeable until the disease is far along. NHRMC uses low-dose computed tomography (CT) screening for lung screening. CT scanning uses X-rays and computers to produce detailed pictures of your lungs. 

Finding lung cancer early, when it’s most treatable, means treatment can begin sooner and may be more effective.

Who Should Have a Lung Cancer Screening

You should consider having a lung cancer screening if:

  • You are between 55 to 77 years old
  • You smoke or have quit smoking in the past 15 years
  • You have a smoking history of at least 30 “pack years”*

*Number of packs per day x number of years= number of pack years (1 pack per day for 30 years; or 2 packs per day for 15 years)

What to Expect

Once your test is completed, a board-certified radiologist reads and interprets the screening and shares the results with your ordering physician.

Benefits of CT Lung Cancer Screening

  • Procedure is quick and painless
  • Able to detect smaller tumors than regular X-rays
  • Radiation dose is only slightly higher than traditional X-rays

Out-of-Pocket Charge for Lung Cancer Screening

Medicare and many insurance companies will pay for lung cancer screening if you meet certain criteria and are considered high-risk. If you have questions about your insurance coverage, please contact your insurer for details.

If you are high-risk and your insurance does not cover lung screening the self pay or out-of-pocket charge is $180.