Frequently Asked Question

How can I be tested?

Screening is easy. If your physician feels that you are a candidate for lung cancer screening you will undergo a low-dose CT of the lung. It is painless, will take less than 15 minutes and you are not even required to undress. Once you have been seen by your family physician and they have determined that you are a candidate for the screening you will be given a prescription to have the CT. During the CT, you will lie down on the CT table and the scanner will capture high-resolution images of the lungs. These images will be interpreted by qualified radiologists.

Who should be tested?

Your risk of cancer increases as you age and there are certain factors that can increase these risks. Below are the guidelines used to determine if you are a candidate for the screening

High Risk:

  • 50-77 years old and  
  • Smoker (*20 pack year history) or
  • Former smoker that has quit within the past 15 years.

*Pack years are the number of years you have smoked multiplied by the number of packs of cigarettes you smoke a day.. E.g. 1 pack per day for 30 years = 30 pack years / 2 packs per day for 15 years = 30 pack years / 3 packs per day for 10 years = 30 pack years,

Who should be tested?

Your risk of cancer increases as you age and there are certain factors that can increase these risks. Below are the guidelines used to determine if you are a candidate for the screening

High Risk:

  • 50-77 years old and  
  • Smoker (*20 pack year history) or
  • Former smoker that has quit within the past 15 years.

*Pack years are the number of years you have smoked multiplied by the number of packs of cigarettes you smoke a day.. E.g. 1 pack per day for 30 years = 30 pack years / 2 packs per day for 15 years = 30 pack years / 3 packs per day for 10 years = 30 pack years,

How do you calculate pack years?

A pack year = number of packs a day multiplied by the number of years smoked.

Example: 2 packs a day X 15 years = 30 pack years

How much does it cost?

The fee is based on your insurance coverage.

Does insurance cover the cost of the exam?

Most insurance companies do cover this screening.

Does it hurt?

This exam is painless and takes less than 15 minutes.

How do I get the results?

The results will be shared with you, your primary care physician and a patient navigator. A patient navigator is a medical professional that will be your contact person to help guide you through the process if additional exams are deemed necessary depending on the results of the lung cancer screening CT.

How often can I have this done?

This scan should be performed yearly, for at least the first three years. After that your primary care physician will determine how often the scan should be performed.

Contact Us

Southeastern Radiology Associates
209 W. 29th Street
Lumberton, NC 28358

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