How to Get a Lung Cancer Screening

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Worried about lung cancer? Getting a lung cancer screening might be the answer. But first, you need to talk to your doctor.

Lung Cancer Screening Qualifications

You have to be at high risk for lung cancer to get screened.

To qualify for a screening, you must have:

  • No current cancer symptoms
  • An age between 55 and 77
  • Smoked at least a pack a day for 30 years or longer or two packs a day for 15 years
  • Quit smoking within the past 15 years or still smoke

You don't need to be a UVA patient to get screened. You do need a referral.

Costs & Coverage

Medicare and most private insurance companies cover the cost of lung cancer screening. You just need to meet the high-risk criteria.

Read about the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) coverage for low-dose CT lung screening.

No matter what financial or insurance coverage you have, call us.



Early Detection for High-Risk Smokers

Lung cancer screening means early detection. This gives us a chance to remove tumors before they spread. View lung cancer screening transcript.

Advanced CT Technology Recognition
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The Lung Cancer Alliance designated UVA as a Screening Center of Excellence. This means we follow evidence-based national guidelines. We also follow best practices developed by the National Lung Screening Trial for:

  • Scan quality
  • Radiation dose and
  • Diagnostic procedures

The American College of Radiology (ACR) has accredited four of our locations for:

  • Meeting rigorous safety and diagnostic care measures
  • Ensuring proper follow-up procedures take place
  • Offering smoking cessation programs to high-risk lung cancer patients

The four accredited lung cancer screening locations at UVA include: