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 55-75 who meet these guidelines are candidates for the low-dose cancer screening:
- Current smokers, smoking a pack of cigarettes per day for the past 30 years
- Former smokers, who smoked a pack of cigarettes per day for 30 years, and have quit within the last 15 years.
As a preventative procedure, the lung scan is a self-pay procedure, generally not covered by insurance. Ridgeview charges $300 for the screening, which includes the procedure cost and reading by a radiologist from Consulting Radiologists, Ltd. A referral is not needed for this screening.
For more information or to schedule a screening appointment in Chaska or Waconia, call Ridgeview Imaging Services at 952-442-2191, ext. 5624.