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Lung Cancer Screening

Lung cancer is the #1 cause of death from cancer in the United States, yet over 80% of lung cancers have a chance to be cured if detected early. If you are a long-term heavy smoker age 55 or up, now is the time for you to get your Lung Cancer Screening at Jones Regional Medical Center.

What is a Lung Cancer Screening?

Like a mammogram, the screening detects potential early cancers. It doesn't hurt and takes only about 30 seconds. You just lie on a table and hold your breath while a low-dose screening CT (computerized tomography) scan produces detailed images of your lungs.

The screening also includes:

  • Lung Cancer Risk Assessment
  • Cancer reduction and healthy lifestyle education
  • Tobacco cessation education

What happens if you find something?

Each abnormal finding is reviewed by a radiologist -- a doctor who specializes in reading images. Your physician/physician representative will call you to discuss the results and explain next steps.

Remember, most small lung nodules found are not cancer. Next steps can include monitoring the nodules over time with CT scans. In some cases a biopsy may also be required. The screening may also find indications of other conditions, such as emphysema or infections.

Who should get a Lung Cancer Screening?

Current and former smokers aged 55 and up are at the greatest risk for developing lung cancer. Lung cancer screening is not for everyone, however. Speak with your doctor to determine if your risk is high enough for screening to be of benefit.

What does it cost?

It is likely the cost of the Lung Cancer Screen will be covered by private insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid. However, a pre-authorization may be required.

How do I schedule my Lung Cancer Screening?

Speak with your physician to see if the screening is right for you.


For more information on Lung Cancer Screening contact our Imaging Services department at (319) 481-6369.