The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSFT) recommends annual screening for people meeting all criteria below (2):
- Ages 55-80 Private Insurance
- Ages 55-77 Medicare
- A 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years. Example- (1 pack per day for 30 years or 2 packs per day for 15 years)
- Current smoker or former smoker who has quit in the last 15 years and has no symptoms.
- Patients willing to undergo surgery if necessary.
Generally, if patients meet all criteria listed above, most private insurance and Medicare will cover low dose CT Lung Screening. Annual screening is recommended. Please check with your insurance to determine benefit coverage.
Discuss with your doctor to see if Low Dose CT Lung Screening (LDCTLS) is right for you. An order is required for this test.
False-positive results may occur which may lead to additional testing or more invasive tests which may lead to patient anxiety. False-negative results may occur which could lead to a delay in medical care.