How to Get a Lung Cancer Screening

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 have a high risk for lung cancer to get screened. In 2021, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released new guidelines for screening. You should talk to your insurance provider about what your plan covers.

To qualify for a screening, you must:

  • Be without cancer symptoms
  • Be between ages 50 and 80
  • Be a smoker of at least 1 pack a day for 20 years 
  • Have quit smoking within the past 15 years or still smoke

Costs & Insurance

Medicare and Medicaid will cover lung cancer screening if you:

  • Are between ages 50 and 77
  • Smoked at least 1 pack a day for 20 years or more
  • Are without cancer symptoms
  • Are a current smoker, or quit in the last 15 years

Have different insurance? Talk to your provider about what your plan covers.

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.

Advanced CT Technology Recognition
Lung Cancer Screening Designation Logo

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: