Low dose CT lung cancer screening is a health and wellness check, much like a screening mammogram or a colonoscopy. The goal of lung cancer screening is to detect lung cancer at a very early stage — when it’s more likely to be cured. In fact, studies show lung cancer screening reduces the risk of dying from lung cancer by at least 20% because it can find cancer before any symptoms arise.
A study, facilitated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) demonstrated that low-dose CT lung screenings could reduce the mortality rate related to lung cancers through an early detection program. Click here to read the special publication released by the NCI entitled “What You Need To Know About Lung Cancer”.
Results also show that people who have lung screenings are more likely to stop smoking. In response to this study, The Hill Medical Corporation initiated a low-dose CT lung screening program. We now have three ACR designated Lung Cancer Screening facilities. Please reference the information below to ensure you are a candidate for this program.
Lung cancer continues to be the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. By the time lung cancer signs and symptoms develop, the cancer is usually too advanced for curative treatment. However, today we have an effective screening tool detect lung cancer at earlier, more curable stages in people with the number one risk factor – smoking. Studies show lung cancer screening reduces the risk of dying of lung cancer by at least 20%.
Benefits of early detection of lung cancer include:
- Identifying early lesions to initiate appropriate therapy.
- Recommendations for follow-up medical care.
- Peace of mind and reassurance for healthier living.
CT Lung Screening is designed to evaluate people who are asymptomatic and have a high- risk for the development of lung cancer. If you meet the requirements of the below categories, talk with your doctor to confirm you are a candidate and to request an order:
- Must be 50 to 80 years old
- 20 or more packs a year smoking history
- Current smoker OR has quit within the last 15 years
- Must have seen a primary care physician within the last year
- Should be asymptomatic or showing no signs or symptoms of lung cancer or respiratory/breathing issues
Keeping it easy for you! We offer two convenient locations, with Monday – Saturday appointment times available. To schedule your appointment, please contact one of our ACR Lung Cancer Screening Designated Centers at: (626) 772-HILL (4455).
Huntington-Hill Imaging Center – Pasadena
625 S. Fair Oaks Avenue, Suite 180
Pasadena, CA 91105
Huntington-Hill Imaging Center – Glendora
130 W. Route 66, Suite 110
Glendora, CA 91740
Huntington-Hill Imaging Center – West Covina
1509 W. Cameron Ave., Suite D-100
West Covina, CA 91790
There is no special preparation for CT lung screening – no fasting, no injections, and no ceasing of medications. If there is a possibility you are pregnant, please let our technician know.
Most insurance plans and Medicare cover the exam. If not covered by your insurance, a $200 screening fee must be paid at time of service; please verify with your insurance provider. Patients must obtain a referral by a primary care physician. If further exams are needed after the screening, additional fees will apply.
Our highly trained radiologists use low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) scans to check for early signs of lung cancer. Unlike a chest X-ray, this test takes many detailed images of your lungs, helping us better identify any possible issues. This technology detects even the smallest nodule on the lungs while using 75% less radiation than a traditional chest imaging scan. During a LDCT scan, you’ll lie on your back on an exam table. You may be asked to raise your hands over your head. The table will slowly move through the machine while you hold your breath for each short scan (10 seconds or less). Screening is painless and usually only takes a few minutes.
You and your doctor will receive the results of your scan. Your doctor will discuss the results of the exam with you. If your scan is negative, you should repeat the screening process in one year. If your scan is positive, your doctor will discuss next steps with you. Positive scans are reviewed at Huntington Cancer Center’s multidisciplinary thoracic tumor board, where a team of lung experts, including radiologists, pulmonologist, thoracic surgeons, medical oncologist, and radiation oncologists will review your scan and provide recommendations to your physician. Your doctor will discuss the recommendations with you.
Lung Cancer screening is covered by Medicare for high risk patients 50 to 77 years old and by most commercial insurance and VA plans for patients 50 to 80 years old. For those who qualify but do not have insurance, we have a cash pay price of $200.