Lung cancer causes more deaths than any other type of cancer. CT lung screening is proven to aid in finding lung cancers in their earliest stages, when more than 80% of cases can be cured. If you’re a current or former smoking, getting a low-dose CT lung screening at Jupiter Medical Center gives you the power to safeguard your health. We offer a low-dose CT lung screening, which means our exams are performed using the lowest possible radiation dose. What’s more, your exam is read by a board-certified, fellowship-trained, radiologist.
Our program is recognized as a Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance and is a designated Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR designation recognizes the Jupiter Medical Center Screening Program for meeting the highest standards in providing safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer.
If you schedule an appointment with our team, here is what you can expect:
During a low-dose CT scan of the lungs, you lie on your back on a long table. You may be given a pillow to make you more comfortable. The technologist who runs your scan will move to a separate room where he or she can still see you and talk with you.
You'll be asked to lie very still as the table slides through the center of a large machine that creates the images of your lungs. The table passes through the machine initially to determine the starting point for the scan.
When the machine is ready to start the scan, you may be asked to hold your breath briefly in order to create a clear picture of your lungs. The table will move slowly through the machine as the images are created. The machine may make knocking or clicking noises.
Expect your appointment to last about 15 min, though the actual scan takes less than a minute.
After the CT scan, the images created during the scan are compiled by a computer and reviewed by a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases and conditions with imaging tests (radiologist).
This screening is not covered by insurance. Cost is $99, and includes consultation with the radiologist, the exam and radiologist’s interpretation, and a consultation with the thoracic surgeon (if needed).
To find out if you are at risk, click here.
*Please note that a physician order may be required for this screening. However, we are happy to facilitate this if necessary.