Lung Cancer Screening
Rapides Lung Check is a low-dose CT lung screening. Medicare pays for one Lung Check per year for those who meet recommendations. In general, the test is recommended for those at high risk of lung cancer, such as:
- People ages 55-74 who have smoked at least an average of one pack a day for 30 years. (This includes people who still smoke or have quit within the last 15 years.)
- People ages 50-74 who currently or in the past have smoked at least an average of one pack a day for 20 years. (They must also have at least one other risk factor for lung cancer – previous cancer, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis, family history of lung cancer or exposure to certain substances.)
The test is painless and noninvasive. Studies have shown that 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 be able to hold their breath for at least six seconds while the chest is being scanned.
To sign up, just ask your primary care physician to go through a quick in-office screening to see if you qualify for the Rapides Lung Check. Then, take your doctor’s order and call Rapides Outpatient Center at (318) 769-7606 to schedule an appointment. Appointments are available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. A photo ID is also required. Results are sent to you and your primary care physician.
Since the test is not currently covered by most insurances, patients should be prepared to pay $100 upon registration. Patients can pay with cash, check or credit/debit cards.