High-Risk Lung Cancer Screening

A lung cancer screening is the only way to detect early signs of cancer when it’s most treatable. Find out if you qualify!

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Lung cancer symptoms don’t usually appear until more advanced stages of the disease, when it’s more difficult to treat. A lung cancer screening can detect disease during earlier stages when treatment may be more effective.

Who Should Consider a Lung Cancer Screening?

 

You may be eligible for a lung cancer screening if you meet the following criteria recommended by the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force:

  • Are age 50 or older
  • Are a current or former smoker
  • Have a 20 or more pack-year history*

* A pack year is the number of packs smoked daily multiplied by the number of years smoking. Example: 1 pack a day x 20 years = 20 pack-years

 

Does Insurance Cover Lung Cancer Screening?

 

Most health insurance companies, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover lung cancer screening for those who meet the criteria. Virtua offers reduced rates for those without coverage. The test requires an order from a physician that may be provided by your primary care physician or lung specialist.

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“If it weren’t for that lung screening, I would have been sitting here today with progressing lung cancer — and not even know it. I’m so grateful to the team at Virtua.”

Teresa Nocentino

after her early-stage lung cancer was successfully detected and treated

Our Approach to Lung Cancer Screenings

 

A lung screening is a noninvasive imaging test that’s performed using low-dose radiation computed tomography (LDCT) technology, or low-dose CT. During the test, an imaging machine creates detailed pictures of your lungs. With these images, our team can detect any harmful tumors or nodules (growths) found on your lungs.

  • The entire screening is quick and easy — taking about 20 minutes to complete.
  • The process is completely painless — no needles or injections are involved.
  • A lung nurse navigator will answer any questions you have, assist you with the referral, and help you throughout the process.

The Virtua Difference for Lung Cancer Screening

National recognition

Virtua is nationally recognized for meeting the highest quality and safety standards for its high-risk lung cancer screening program. This include the American College of Radiology Lung Cancer Screening Designation recognizing the safe, effective diagnostic care for those are high risk for lung cancer, and the GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer Screening Center of Excellence for patient-centered care and quality standards in screening delivery and management of findings.

National recognition

Virtua is nationally recognized for meeting the highest quality and safety standards for its high-risk lung cancer screening program. This include the American College of Radiology Lung Cancer Screening Designation recognizing the safe, effective diagnostic care for those are high risk for lung cancer, and the GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer Screening Center of Excellence for patient-centered care and quality standards in screening delivery and management of findings.