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Lung Cancer Screening, Maryland

Lung Cancer Screening, Advanced Radiology

What is CT Lung Cancer Screening?

Lung Cancer Screening is an annual painless CT screening tool that uses low doses of radiation to make detailed images of your lungs to evaluate for the presence of lung cancer. If lung cancer can be detected at an early stage, it is more likely to be treatable.

  • 50 to 77 years old

  • 20 pack-year smoking history

  • No signs or symptoms of lung cancer

  • Currently smoke or have quit smoking within the past 15 years

*Calculate your pack year!

Cigarettes per day:

For how many years:

Your Pack Year:

Follow your physician's medication instructions and the imaging center's preparation guidance.

  • You typically do not need to do anything special to prepare for a lung scan. You may need to reschedule the test if you develop a respiratory infection or have recently recovered from one. Respiratory infections can show up on CT scans and lead to inaccurate results.

  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for your exam. You may need to change into a gown for the procedure.

  • You will wear a gown but likely no other clothes.

  • You lie flat on your back on the long table in the CT scan room. Your technologist will then go into the adjacent room where they can still see you and give you instructions for the exam.

  • The table that you are lying on moves very slowly into a large, round-shaped machine, the CT scanner.

  • When you are in the right position, the X-rays inside the scanner will rotate around you acquiring images of your lungs from many different angles. You may hear clicking or whirring sounds.

  • Your technologist will ask you to remain still throughout the test. You may need to hold your breath briefly while all the images are being acquired.

  • The actual lung exam typically lasts for about a minute or so.

You can leave immediately and resume normal activities. Your exam will be read by a board-certified, sub-specialized radiologist. Results will be sent to your ordering health care provider.

Insurance For Lung Cancer Screening At Advanced Radiology

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and most private insurance carriers recommend individuals who meet ALL of the following criteria to undergo annual Low-Dose CT (LDCT) Lung Cancer Screenings.

Advanced Radiology has Lung Cancer Screening available at multiple locations in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Balitmore City, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties, making it easier for you to access this important screening exam. Schedule your next Lung Cancer Screening at Advanced Radiology.