Screening Lung CT Scan

Who is a Candidate for a Screening Lung CT Scan?

Men and women between the ages of 55 and 74 who have a smoking history of at least one pack per day over 30 years (or the equivalent thereof) and with no history of lung cancer may be a candidate.

Additional risk factors include:

  • Contact with radon or asbestos
  • Family history of lung cancer
  • Personal history of lung disease
  • Contact with second hand smoke

A health screening with a Nurse Navigator will help determine your risk and if a screening lung CT scan is right for you.

Radiologic Expertise

Your scan will be read by Eric M. Hart, MD and his team of board-certified radiologists. Dr. Hart is a board-certified radiologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Associate Professor of Radiology at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine.

Dr. Hart also served as the principal investigator for The National Lung Cancer Screening Trial (NLST), a national cancer screening trial sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and conducted by the American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN) and the Lung Cancer Study Group.

Test Results and Cost

Your test results will be sent to your primary care physician and our Nurse Navigator. If your test shows abnormalities, our Navigator is available to discuss next steps and assist you in setting up any follow-up appointments.

CT scans in smokers may show abnormal areas that are suspicious for lung cancer and require further testing for diagnosis. Screening lung CT scans do not find all lung cancers.

You may be eligible to receive this scan for a low fee which may or may not be covered by your insurance. Be sure to check with your individual insurance provider. Fees will need to be paid at the time you receive the scan.

Call 847.535.7442 to make arrangements to speak with our Nurse Navigator regarding your lung cancer risk and screening test eligibility.