Rapides Lung Cancer Screening is a low-dose CT lung screen recommended for people at high risk of lung cancer. Patients who are, or may be, at high risk fit the following criteria:
- Between 50 and 80 years old (must be between 55 and 77 years old for Medicare) AND
- Currently, or in the past, have a 20-pack-year smoke history AND
- A current smoker or one who has quit within the last 15 years AND
- Has no symptoms of lung cancer
The test is painless and noninvasive. Studies have shown early detection lowers the risk of death by 20 percent for those at high risk for lung cancer. However, you must have a physician’s order to get the test.
The simple, non-invasive test is available at Rapides Outpatient Center. The scan itself takes less than 10 seconds. The only requirement is that the patient can hold their breath for at least six seconds while the chest is scanned.
Check with your primary care physician if you qualify for Rapides Lung Cancer Screening. If you qualify, take your doctor’s order and call Rapides Outpatient Center at (318) 769-7607 to schedule an appointment. A photo ID is required.