Low Dose Lung CT Screening Program at Valley Health
Adults with a history of smoking can greatly benefit from the low dose
CT lung screening program available at any of our Valley Health hospitals.
Each of our locations is equipped with a team of professionals who are
trained to expertly evaluate, diagnose, and treat abnormal lung lesions
that may appear in the low dose lung CT scan. All of our Valley Health
hospitals are dedicated to a high standard of excellence and to giving
back to the community.
Who Benefits from a Low Dose CT Screening for Lung Cancer?
Essentially, adults with a history of smoking are most likely to benefit
from this screening. Healthy adults or adults with only a few years of
smoking will probably not benefit from the procedure.
Consider a low dose lung CT screening if you meet the following:
- Individuals between the ages of 55-80
- Individuals with a 30 pack-year smoking history
- Individuals who are currently smoking or quit within the past 15 years
- Individuals who are willing to repeat the screening until it no longer applies
As a clarification, a 30 pack-year smoking history can be determined a
few different ways. It can be equated as one pack per day for 30 years,
two packs per day for 15 years, or a half pack per day for 60 years. Those
with fewer pack-years of smoking will not necessarily benefit from the
Are There Any Disadvantages to Being Screened?
The downsides to undergoing a low dose lung CT scan are few; however, participants
will undergo a small amount of radiation exposure. Any abnormal test results
that are found could cause anxiety. Along the same line, a false positive
result could require additional imaging and a biopsy. Any findings outside
the lung could also require further investigation.
Will Insurance Pay for the Screening?
If criteria for a low dose lung CT screening are met, Centers for Medicare
and Medicaid Services will pay for yearly screenings. Private insurers
may not cover this screening. Winchester Medical Center, part of our Valley
Health hospital network, offers financial assistance to individuals who
meet the criteria.