Lung Cancer Screening CT Scan

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States for both men and women. Most lung cancers are discovered at late stages, when treatment is more difficult. CT lung screening allows the diagnosis of lung cancer at its earliest and most treatable stages.

Lourdes Imaging has state-of-art equipment and the highest caliber medical experts to ensure that lung cancer screenings are done appropriately, safely and with proper follow-up and oversight. We are a leader in patient safety and attention to minimizing radiation exposure. At Lourdes Imaging, we utilize a low dose technique on cutting edge equipment to ensure the safest procedures and the most reliable results.

How do you know if you are at increased risk for lung cancer? 
The single most important risk factor for lung cancer is cigarette smoking: Tobacco use accounts for almost 90% of all lung cancers. So if you have ever smoked, you have an increased chance of developing lung cancer. The longer you have been smoking and the more packs you have smoked, the greater the risk of developing cancer.

Most professional medical organizations now recommend consideration of annual lung cancer screening with low-dose CT scan for all individuals age 55-74 with at least a 30 pack-year smoking history (equivalent of 1pack/day for 30 years), especially if they continue to smoke, or quit within the last 15 years. Some groups also recommend screening for individuals over 50 years of age with at least a 20 pack-year smoking history if they have additional risk-factors for lung cancer.

Call us at (337) 470-SCAN (7226) to schedule a lung cancer screening CT
You will need a prescription from a physician. If you do not have a prescription, or do not have a physician, you can call us to discuss your risk. If needed, we can help you obtain a referral to one of our Lourdes Physician Group physicians.

What to expect from your screening?
Your examination will be performed in an outpatient setting at one of our Lourdes Imaging Centers.

  • The CT procedure is painless and quick. No drugs or injections are used. You will lie on a table which then slides through the CT scanner. You will be asked to keep very still and hold your breath for the 20 seconds of the scan. The complete procedure takes only about five minutes, including preparation and actual scan. You may be asked to allow an hour for the appointment, although it is likely that the time needed will be much shorter.
  • After your scan, we will review forward the Radiologist interpretation to your ordering Physician.
  • At this point in time, if the initial screening is normal, we usually recommend that high-risk individuals consider annual low-dose CT screening until age 80.
  • What does it cost? CT screening is $350, which is paid at the time of the exam. Most insurance companies do not currently pay for this test; please speak with your insurance company about your individual coverage.

Please note that CT scans are very sensitive tests that will pick up many "false positives"--- abnormalities in the lungs that are not cancer, and are unlikely to ever cause a problem. These findings may be small scars, enlarged blood vessels or tiny lymph nodes. However, when detected on CT, these abnormalities must be evaluated. Evaluation will be either follow-up scans or rarely biopsies or other procedures, for what usually proves to be benign disease.