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Lung Cancer Screening Program

Atlantic Respiratory Institute provides a lung cancer screening program that is covered by Medicare and other commercial insurance companies.* This test uses low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) that only takes a few minutes to complete and may identify lung cancer at earlier, more curable stages. When compared to chest X-rays used in early detection, the LDCT screening reduces lung cancer deaths in high risk individuals by 20 percent.

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Federico Cerrone, MD, and a screening patient explain the importance of annual lung cancer screening and early detection.

Qualifications to participate in our lung cancer screening program include those who:

  • are between the ages of 55 to 77
  • are current smokers or those who have quit within the last 15 years
  • have at least 30 packs/year tobacco history (packs per day times years smoking)
  • have no history of lung cancer

Self-Pay Program

Those individuals who don’t meet the above criteria, but would still like to be screened for lung cancer, can participate in a cost-effective, self-pay option. As part of this program, one of our nurses will conduct a phone screening for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and sleep apnea, and provide tobacco counselling.

Lung Cancer Screening Results

  • All participants will receive a letter explaining the results and interpretation of the LDCT and screenings and follow-up care, if needed.
  • Referring physicians will receive a formal interpretation within 24 hours of the exam.
  • All participants will be entered into Atlantic Health System’s lung screening database, so they can receive annual reminders for follow-up care and notifications of events and programs offered by us.

Lung Cancer Screening Appointments

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 1-844-228-5864. Our nurse navigator is available to assist those who don’t have a physician or a prescription for the LDCT. We offer multiple screening locations for your convenience.

*Patients should call their insurance company first to verify coverage.