CT Lung Screening FAQ’s
1. Is there a cost difference between Diagnostic CT and Screening Lung CT’s?
There is no cost difference between the two. However there are specific requirements that patients must meet in order to be eligible to receive a low dose lung screening CT.
2. If I don’t qualify for a Screening CT, can my provider still order a Diagnostic CT?
3. What are the true benefits of this screening program?
The true benefit of the lung screening program include a decreased mortality from lung cancer (20% reduction) in patients who are at the highest risk for developing lung cancer due to their smoking history. This is due to finding cancers at an earlier stage.
4. Are their additional programs in place to support patients if there are findings?
Yes, support is key! The current lung screening/lung nodule program in Boise consists of a nurse navigator, radiologist, thoracic surgeon, oncologist, and pulmonologist. Any patient with nodules above a certain size, or with a certain appearance, will get a recommended referral to a pulmonologist.
What Does a CT Lung Scan Look Like?
Consider CT Lung Screening If you:
- Have completed a face to face shared decision making visit with your provider will determine if you meet the eligibility requirements.
- Are between 55 and 77 years old and live in Boise, Meridian, or anywhere else in the Treasure Valley.
- Currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years
- Have, at a minimum, a 30+ pack-year smoking history. (i.e. 1 pack a day for 30 years, 2 packs per day for 15 years, etc.)
- Asymptomatic (without signs or symptoms of lung cancer)
How to Calculate a Pack Year
A pack-year is calculated by multiplying the number of packs of cigarettes smoked per day by the number of years a person has smoked. Try this calculator to learn your pack year.
- 1 pack per day for one year
- 2 packs per day for 6 months
- ½ pack per day for 2 years
At IMI, we require all patients to obtain an order for this exam, and believe the decision to undergo this type of screening process should be made in conjunction with your primary care provider.
For more information visit: cancer.gov or contact our CT Lung Screening Program Nurse Navigator at 208-367-4337.