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CT Lung Cancer Screening


Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. As with many other types of cancer, when found early, lung cancer can be highly curable.

South Shore Hospital offers screening with low-dose computed tomography (CT) — the only recommended screening for people at high risk for lung cancer. Research shows that screening using a low-dose CT scan can help detect early lung cancer before clinical signs or symptoms become evident. The screening is reviewed by a board-certified radiologist and results are provided to a patient’s primary care physician.

Who Is Eligible for Screening?

People at high risk for lung cancer who could benefit from screening typically include those between the ages of 55-80 who currently smoke or quit smoking in the last 15 years — smoking an estimated pack a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years.

What Is the Cost for a Screening CT Scan?

Most health insurance plans now cover lung cancer screening for eligible individuals who have a referral from their primary care physician. Additionally, follow-up care required after the exam should also be covered by insurance including Medicare/Medicaid. We will verify and work with a patient’s doctor’s office to get insurance authorization.

How Do I Make an Appointment?

If you think you qualify for a low-dose CT screening or would like more information on eligibility requirements, call our support line at (781) 624-4368 or have your doctor call us with a referral. Appointments can often be offered same day, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.


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