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Annual Low-Dose (LDCT) Lung Screening Eligibility

An LDCT screening is a low-dose computed tomography, a type of X-ray scan that uses a low dose of radiation to take detailed images of the lungs. LDCT is the only recommended screening test for lung cancer, especially for people who have a high risk of developing the disease from smoking. An LDCT scans can find abnormal areas or tumors in the lungs that may be cancerous.

You could be eligible to receive this screening. If you’re not sure if you qualify, talk with your primary care provider. The following criteria outlines eligibility:
• Individuals who are asymptomatic, aged 50-77
• Individuals who have a smoking history of a pack a day for 20 years (1 pack is equivalent to 20 cigarettes.
• Individuals who currently smoke or quit within the past 15 years
• Individuals who received an order for a LDCT screening

It’s encouraged for a patient to receive a referring provider to ensure clinical follow up for abnormal results and incidental significant finding that is unrelated to lung cancer. The LDCT scan may find result that need attention, such as an indeterminate breast, liver, kidney, and adrenal lesions, etc, unrelated to lung cancer.

Note: Patients should be asked about signs and symptoms of a recent respiratory tract infection. Patients with recent respiratory tract infections should delay lung cancer screenings for approximately 3 months to ensure that any residual lung inflammation has resolved.

Talk with your primary care provider about your risk of developing lung cancer. They can help you with the next steps if necessary.

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