Individuals who are 50-80 years of age who are current smokers or former smokers who have quit within the last 15 years. One must have a lifetime smoking history of at least 20 pack years (20 pack years is equivalent to 1 pack per day for 20 years or ½ pack per day for 40 years).
These early screening examinations are designed for people that are asymptomatic of lung cancer or disease; these exams are not used to determine other pulmonary issues. This lung screening examination is NOT an appropriate scan for individuals who:
1 pack per day for 20 years is the equivalent of 20 pack years
1/2 pack per day for 40 years is the equivalent of 20 pack years
Once you have determined that you qualify to be scanned, please schedule an appointment through the website by clicking on the button below, or by calling (855) LUNGSNY (855-586-4769).
The Center's Mobile CT Unit is currently able to provide screenings at a location in Brooklyn, NY.
The recommended screening test for lung cancer is a low-dose CT scan, (or LDCT). CT scanning refers to obtaining cross-sectional x-ray pictures through the body and has been found to be more sensitive than x-ray for detection of lung cancer. Low-dose CT scans like the ones used for lung cancer screening utilize less than 20% of radiation used for standard CTs. It's equal to about half the radiation you're exposed to naturally from the environment in a year.
For the scan, you will be asked to lie down on a table, which slides through the scanner. You will then be asked to hold your breath for less than 5 seconds while the machine scans your chest. This process takes under 5 minutes and is completely painless. The scanner is shaped like an open doughnut, and most patients find that they can tolerate the exam without any issues. More patients report experiencing difficulties with a different type of exam called an MRI that has machinery shaped more like an enclosed tube.
CT lung screening examinations are read by a selected group of board certified radiologists. Results will be communicated to participants and if request to their primary care providers via mail or fax. If an initial scan yields positive findings requiring follow-up, our nurse navigator is available via phone to help coordinate referrals as needed.
A provider’s order is required for a low-dose CT. When you arrive for your appointment, you will meet with a nurse practitioner who will assess your eligibility and discuss the risks and benefits of screening. As appropriate, she will provide the prescription so that you can proceed with the scan immediately following the consultation.
For eligible individuals, the CT lung screening exam will be offered at no cost. If an initial scan yields positive findings requiring diagnostic imaging, testing or treatment, we will facilitate transfer of care to a hospital and quality screening program for follow-up. Please discuss follow-up costs with the center providing care.
Yes, our nurse practitioner can provide resources as well as a referral to a Weill Cornell Medicine tobacco treatment program.
Early detection of lung cancer has been proven to save lives - particularly for those at high risk. Lung cancer screening for those at high risk needs to be part of a preventive care strategy to reduce the mortality rate of lung cancer in the United States.