King's Daughters' Health now offers a NEW Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening (LDCT) program. Unlike a chest x-ray, a CT scan produces a 3-D image of the lungs that provides greater clarity and reveals more details. A CT is able to detect very small nodules or other abnormalities that could indicate lung cancer in its early - and most treatable - stages.
- Be between the ages of 55 and 77 years of age.
- Be a current smoker OR quit smoking within the past 15 years.
- Have a 30-pack years or greater history of tobacco smoking.
- Have no signs/symptoms of lung cancer.
Medicare / Commercial Insurance patients - If you have Medicare or commercial insurance, you must have a written order from your provider to complete the LDCT screening.
Self-Pay (no insurance) patients - If you do no have medical insurance, you are not required to have a written order prior to registering for an LDCT screening (exam).
Frequent Questions & Answers:
- Free for Medicare Patients? Yes. If you meet the eligibility requirements, Medicare will cover the cost of the screening.
- Will you bill my insurance? If you have commercial insurance, we will complete a pre-certification to be sure that your insurance will pay for the screening scan.
- How much does it cost? If you have commercial insurance, costs may vary depending upon your insurance plan and deductible. If you do not have medical insurance (self-pay), the cost of the screening will be $88.
- How will I found out the results? One of our board-certified radiologists will review your CT exam. If something abnormal is found, you will be contacted by your primary care provider and/or referring physician/provider.
- How long does the screening take? When arriving, plan on about 30 minutes to completed the registration process and another 15 minutes to complete a mandatory questionnaire. The CT scan itself should only last a few minutes.
Appointments: For Medicare patients and those with commercial insurance, your provider's office will have the screening schedulers contact you to set up an exam date and time. If you are a self-pay patient (no insurance) you may register through the Direct Access Testing program at the hospital; the cost will be $88, due at the time of registration. Please note: As self-pay patients arriving for Direct Access Testing will have not have an appointment time, patients will be worked into the CT schedule at the earliest possible time.
- The LDCT screening exam may only be performed once every 12 months. For example, if a patient has completed a screening CT in January of 2017, he/she would not be eligible for another screening until January, 2018.
- The LDCT screening exam may only be repeated at 12-month (or greater) intervals if the previous scan was negative. Any suspicious finding removes the patient from eligibility for screening follow-ups. For self-pay patients, the $88 screening fee would no longer apply. Follow-up CT scans for suspicious or abnormal findings are considered diagnostic and must be ordered by a provider.
- The LDCT screening exam cannot be performed as a follow-up to an abnormal chest x-ray. If a chest x-ray has been done and it is abnormal, a follow-up CT would be considered diagnostic and must be ordered by a provider.
- The LDCT screening exam is performed in the Medical Imaging department at the hospital. Please call (812) 801-0132 for additional information.
KDH follows national guidelines for its Lung Screening Program. These guidelines were developed by the United States Preventative Services Task Force.