How to Get a Screening
You must meet with your primary care physician and discuss what is involved with a lung cancer screening, prior to undergoing a lung cancer screening at UVA. You do not need to be a UVA patient to receive your screening test here.
While meeting with your primary care physician, he or she will discuss the following high-risk criteria that must be met for you to get a screening:
- Currently free from symptoms of cancer
- Between ages of 55 and 77
- Smoked at least a pack a day for 30 years or longer
- Currently smoke tobacco products or have quit within the past 15 years
Costs and Coverage
Medicare and most private insurance companies cover the cost of lung cancer screening if you meet the eligibility criteria mentioned above.
In February 2015, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) added low-dose CT lung screening to their preventative service benefits for patients who meet eligibility criteria. Private insurers and CMS will reimburse for LDCT lung screening for patients that meet the above high-risk criteria.
No matter what your financial or insurance coverage may be, please call our program coordinator for more information if you are interested in a scan.