Should you be screened for lung cancer?
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., with more people dying of lung cancer than breast, colon, and prostate cancers combined.
Lung cancer screening using low dose computed tomography (LDCT) screens patients at high-risk for lung cancer prior to becoming symptomatic. This potential life-saving screening may be right for you if you are a current smoker or have quit smoking within the past 15 years.
Speak with your PCP or call 508-427-2665, option 3, to find out if you are a candidate and discuss your options.
- Individuals between the ages of 55-77
- History of at least 30 pack years of smoking *(Pack Years is calculated by using Packs per day [20 cigarettes per pack] x number of years smoked - must be at least 30 years)
- A current smoker or former smoker who has quit within the past 15 years
- Patient has not had a chest CT within past 12 months
- Patients who do not have symptoms of lung cancer
- Patients who have participated in counseling that attests to shared decision making prior to the first CT Low Dose Lung Screening Exam
- Patient experience during the CT Low Dose Lung Screening Exam
During the screening, patients will lie on their back on the CT scan table with their hands placed above their head. The table will move in and out of a donut shaped ring. The patient will be asked to hold their breath for a few seconds while X-rays are generated and pictures are created. The test will take approximately two to four minutes and the patient may leave upon completion. Your physician will receive the report and results within 24 to 48 hours.
Location of CT Low Dose Lung Screening Exam
Good Samaritan Medical Center, 235 North Pearl St., Brockton MA 02301
Patients enter through the main entrance of the hospital and check into the registration area. Upon completion of the registration process, patients will be directed to the main CT department located on the main floor. Please call the CT department directly at 508-427-2665, option 3 with any questions.
Insurance / Payment
At this time some insurance carriers are covering lung cancer screening, while others have not yet made this decision. The American Cancer Society has encouraged health plans to cover lung cancer screening in those who meet the criteria outlined in this recommendation. In general, if there is good supporting evidence for screening and if you and your doctor determine that you meet the eligibility criteria and reach an informed decision to undergo screening, then it is likely that some coverage will be available. However, it is best to check with your insurance carrier in advance. Contact Good Samaritan Medical Center Financial Counseling at 508-427-3053 with additional concerns.
Good Samaritan Medical Center has received accreditation from the American College of Radiology in Computed Tomography and is designated as an ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center.