How to Get a Lung Cancer Screening

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Worried about lung cancer? Getting a lung cancer screening might be the answer. 

First Step: Find Out Your Risk

First, you need to talk to your doctor. You'll need to review your smoking history and your health. During this visit, you'll find out your risk for lung cancer. If you're a high-risk smoker, you may qualify for a screening.

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

Do You Qualify for a Lung Cancer Screening?

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

Costs & Insurance

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

Do you have Medicaid or Medicare? Find out how they pay for lung screenings.

Don't know if you can pay? No matter what, 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 national guidelines. We also follow best practices developed by the National Lung Screening Trial for:

  • Scan quality
  • Radiation dose
  • Diagnostic procedures

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

  • Meeting rigorous safety and diagnostic care measures
  • Making sure proper follow-up procedures take place
  • Offering programs to high-risk lung cancer patients to help them quit smoking

You can get a lung cancer screening at these accredited locations: