Lung cancer kills more men and women worldwide than any other cancer. For people who are at high risk of lung cancer, screening using low-dose CT can lower the risk of death from lung cancer by 20%.
Why get screened?
Screening can find lung cancer before symptoms develop and the disease spreads. When lung cancer is caught early, it's much easier to treat.
Who can get screened?
Those at highest risk for lung cancer are:
How does it work?
Just call (615) 936-8422 or (877) 936-8422 to schedule an appointment. The screening takes less than 5 minutes. You don't have to do anything special to prepare. You'll simply go into a CT scanner, a machine that uses X-rays to make 3-D images of your lungs.
Is it safe?
This CT scan will expose you to the same small amount of radiation that you would experience in 6 to 12 months of everyday life. No test is perfect, however, and the most common negative effect is a false positive.
How often should I get screened?
People at high risk for lung cancer should be screened every year. Ask your medical provider if you don't meet the criteria for high risk.
What does it cost?
The cost is $199. Lung cancer screening is a self-pay service, as most private insurers and Medicare and Medicaid Services don't pay for the exam.
Are there other screening options?
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center also offers a clinical study for lung cancer screening at no cost for eligible patients. Learn more about the trial here.
How will I get the results?
You'll get the results on My Health at Vanderbilt, our secure online health tool. We'll also send you a letter with your results. If your referring provider is in the Vanderbilt network, we will send a report to him or her as well.
What if the results are positive?
About 50-60% of smokers and ex-smokers will have an abnormal scan. Of those, 90-95% will be non-cancerous. Expert radiologists who specialize in lung disease study every result. If results are positive, you may need:
Do I need a referral?
If you meet the criteria for being at high risk for lung cancer, you don't need a referral, but you should discuss this with your doctor before calling.
Where do I get screened?
You can get screened with an appointment at any of these locations:
Vanderbilt University Medical Center Imaging
Main Hospital, 1211 Medical Center Drive, Suite 1145
Nashville, TN 37232
One Hundred Oaks Imaging
719 Thompson Lane, Suite 23300
Nashville, TN 37204
1909 Acklen Ave.
Nashville, TN 37212
Cool Springs Imaging
2009 Mallory Lane, Suite 150
Franklin, TN 37067
How do I make an appointment?
Call (615) 936-8422 or (877) 936-8422 to see if you qualify.