Lung Cancer Screening
Detect lung cancer early—when it’s easier to treat—with lung cancer screenings at PIH Health.
What is a Lung Cancer Screening?
Screening tests find disease before you have symptoms. To look for lung cancer, doctors use a quick, painless imaging test called a low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan.
Should I Get a Lung Cancer Screening?
Your doctor may recommend lung cancer screening tests if you meet all of the following criteria:
- 55 to 80 years old
- Smoke now or quit within the past 15 years
- Smoked an average of one pack a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years
Ask your doctor how often you should get screened for lung cancer. You may get tests every year or every six months, depending on your health history and care plan.
Nationally Recognized Care
Trust PIH Health for safe, accurate and effective lung cancer screening. PIH Health Whittier Hospital is recognized as:
- American College of Radiology (ACR) Lung Cancer Screening Center
- GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer Screening Center of Excellence (SCOE)
Your Appointment: What to Expect
When you arrive, you’ll meet with a nurse navigator. The nurse will explain what to expect during the test and answer your questions.
The screening test takes less than 60 seconds. You’ll lie on a table while a donut-shaped machine moves around you. You’ll be asked to hold your breath for 10 seconds at a time while the machine takes pictures.
You won’t need to take any medications or receive any shots.
You and your primary care provider will receive the results of your test within five days.
If the test reveals an area of concern, your care team will recommend additional tests to get more information. Not all areas of concern are cancer.
Paying for Lung Cancer Screening
Most insurance plans cover the cost of lung cancer screenings if you meet criteria that puts you at high risk of lung cancer. Contact your insurance provider for details about what’s covered by your plan.