Low Dose Lung Cancer Screening at MMI

Screening for cancer means testing for cancer before there are any symptoms. Now there is a test that can reduce death from lung cancer through early detection.

Who is a candidate for a CT Lung Cancer Screening?

If you are:

  • a current or former smoker
  • and in the age range of 55-77
  • and with a smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (this means 1 pack a day for 30 years, 2 packs a day for 15 years, etc.)

Will Medicare pay for a Lung Cancer Screening?

Yes. As of February 5, 2015, Medicare will pay for this test if you are age 55-77, and fit the criteria detailed in the decision memo released by CMS. Your provider must follow certain steps that include a lung cancer screening couseling and shared decision making visit. Ask your primary care provider for more information.

What steps should I take to get a Lung Cancer Screening performed?

Visit or speak to your primary care physician. They will confirm your eligibility and provide you with a Low-Dose CT Lung Screening Order Form to come back to Millburn Medical Imaging. Screening for lung cancer may save your life. 

Can patients who are not enrolled in Medicare receive Lung Cancer Screening?

On December 30, 2013 the U.S. Preventitive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued a new "B" recommendation for lung cancer screenings for those at high risk. The USPSTF recommendation makes lung cancer screening with these same low-dose CT scans required coverage in many private or employer-sponsored health insurance plans starting in 2015. High-risk patients who do not have Medicare should check with their health insurance plan to see whether screening for lung cancer is covered.

Schedule your exam today! Call us at (973) 912-0404. 

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