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Lung Cancer Screening FAQs

Who should get screened for lung cancer with a low-dose CT (LDCT) of the chest? 

People who are aged 55-77 that have smoked an average of one pack per day for 30 years and are currently still smoking or have quit within the past 15 years. Patients should not have any symptoms. Examples are unexplained cough, new shortness of breath and unexplained weight loss.

How effective is screening for lung cancer with LDCT of the chest?

This test has been shown to lower the risk of dying from lung cancer by as much as 20 percent compared to chest X-ray.

How often should screening for lung cancer with a LDCT of the chest occur?

The United States Preventative Services Task Force recommends that those that meet the criteria get screened every year. Some patients may be asked to come back sooner if a nodule is found.

Are there risks associated with getting a LDCT of the chest?

Screening for lung cancer with a LDCT scan of the chest is a safe procedure, but there are a few small risks you should be aware of before your scan.

Exposure to radiation—While high doses of radiation can increase chances of developing cancer, low doses of radiation are relatively safe. At UVA we use special techniques to reduce the amount of radiation you receive. The amount of radiation used during this test is less than what we are exposed to annually from the sun and earth.

False positives—Screening exams will sometimes find something in the lung that looks like cancer but turns out to be nothing of concern. This is called a false positive. False positives may require you to have more tests to determine whether the findings in your lung are cancer.

Incidental findings—While the screening exam is intended to image your lungs for lung cancer, other areas of your body are imaged at the same time, including your thyroid gland, heart, bones and the organs in the upper part of your abdomen. A small number of screening examinations, approximately 5-10 percent, will find something in these areas that will require further examination.

What should I expect during the screening?

The screening CT scan is a relatively simple procedure. You will need to lie flat on the scanner table for less than 10 minutes. It is a noninvasive procedure; you won’t need to get an IV for the test.

What results can I expect from the screening?

The majority of findings from screening are lung nodules. The majority of these nodules are benign, however, additional testing is often needed to find out if the nodule is cancerous.  

When will I get the results?

Our designated lung cancer screening program coordinator will contact you within three days of your screening to deliver the results as well as discuss with you the next steps in the screening process.

Who will get the results of the screening?

The results of your lung cancer screening will be sent to the healthcare provider who ordered the exam.

How much does a screening cost?

Screenings are fully covered by Medicare and Medicaid. With other insurance companies, the cost of screening varies based on insurance carrier and the coverage you have with that carrier. Our designated lung cancer screening program coordinator can help provide you with the information needed to contact your insurance carrier to determine the exact price.

What resources are available to help me quit smoking?

Our smoking cessation counselor is available to discuss the tools available for smoking cessation and can work with you to develop a personal plan to quit.

Who can I call if I think I qualify for a LDCT of the chest to screen for lung cancer?

If you think you qualify for screening or have any other questions about the lung cancer screening program, please contact our coordinator by phone at 434.924.9333 or by email at lungcancerscreening@virginia.edu.

Screening Center of Excellence and ACR Accredited

UVA is designated a Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance for following evidence-based national guidelines and demonstrating compliance with the compressive standards developed by the National Lung Screening Trial based on best practices for controlling low-dose CT scan quality, radiation dose, and diagnostic procedures and compliance.

For meeting national quality and patient safety standards, four lung screening locations at UVA Cancer Center have been designated as Lung Cancer Screening Centers by the American College of Radiology (ACR). ACR designation is earned by meeting rigorous safety and diagnostic care measures, including the use of advanced CT technology of the chest, ensuring proper follow up procedures are in place and offering smoking cessation programs to high-risk lung cancer patients.

ACR-Accredited Lung Cancer Screening Locations:

Low Dose CT Scan of Chest

Using low dose computed tomography, lung cancer can be detected earlier, making it easier to treat. Schedule a screening today.

Schedule a Screening

Call 434.924.9333  to schedule your lung screening. Contact your doctor first for a referral.