Lung cancer screening

Lung cancer, primarily caused by tobacco smoking, is the leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. While most lung cancers are diagnosed as a result of symptoms, such as chest pain, weight loss or cough, patients with these symptoms usually have advanced lung cancer.

When detected early—before symptoms are present—lung cancer is more effectively treated. A computerized tomography (CT) chest scan, offered through Ridgeview Imaging Services and Pulmonology at Ridgeview Specialty Clinic, is one tool used by physicians to evaluate risk for lung cancer.

Screening for smokers is recommended

People ages 50-77 who meet these guidelines are candidates for the low-dose cancer screening:

  • Asymptomatic (no signs or symptoms of lung cancer)
  • Tobacco smoking history of at least 20 pack-years
  • Current smoker or one who has quit smoking within the last 15 years
  • Receive an order for lung cancer screening with low-dose CT (LDCT)
  • Have no health problems that substantially limit life expectancy or willingness to have curative lung surgery 

Planning for your screening

The entire process will take approximately 20 minutes to complete, with only 10 minutes in the scanner. The scan is a simple test; it requires no injections and is painless. There are no restrictions about what you can eat or drink prior to the scan.

Scheduling and paying for your scan

CT Low-dose lung scans are covered by Medicare and many insurance providers. Your provider can assist you in reviewing the requirements for insurance authorization and coverage. Please contact your insurance directly for more information or with concerns.

Ridgeview offers appointments at two convenient locations, Two Twelve Medical Center in Chaska and Ridgeview Waconia Campus. For more information or to schedule a screening appointment, call Ridgeview Imaging Services at 952-777-4471.