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.

People ages 55-77 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 30 pack-years (one pack per year - smoking one pack per day for one year; 1 pack = 20 cigarettes)
  • Current smoker or one who has quit smoking within the last 15 years

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.

For more information or to schedule a screening appointment in Chaska or Waconia, call Ridgeview Imaging Services at 952-777-4471.

View Screening Handout [PDF]