Lung Cancer Screening FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

1.Who should be screened?

Current smokers or former smokers are at increased risk of developing lung cancer and other lung disease. Talk to your doctor about whether CT screening may be right for you.

2. Should I get screened?

Exposure to tobacco smoke may increase your risk of getting lung cancer and other diseases. The best hope for curing lung cancer is finding it early.

3. How is CT scan different from a chest x-ray?

A chest X-ray only shows the front and side views of your chest. A low-dose CT scan shows many crosssectional images from the top of your lungs to the bottom. A CT scan gives doctors a more complete picture of your lungs.

4. What happens during a CT Scan?

The CT machine is shaped like a big doughnut. A moving table slides you in and out of the "doughnut" in 20 seconds. The machine revolves around you, taking pictures from many angles. No injections or medications are needed. It is a non-invasive procedure and the amount of radiation used is low.

5. How much will the screening CT cost?

If you qualify for the program, you will receive a free low-dose CT scan of the chest. If additional follow-up tests are needed, they are generally covered by insurance. If you have a lung nodule, you may also be eligible to be followed in our Lung Nodule Program.

For more information or to make an appointment, call the Lung Cancer Screening and Lung Nodule Program at 732-923-7966.