Lung CT Cancer Screening Program

"Studies have clearly shown that lung cancer deaths can be cut by 20% when at-risk individuals participate in a lung CT screening program that offers a multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and follow up of abnormal scans."

- The National Lung Cancer Screening Trial

FRHS is pleased to offer low dose screening CT for lung cancer to the community. You are eligible to participate in the FMH Lung Cancer Screening Program if: you are a current or former smoker who smoked at least 30 pack years and are between 55 and 77 years of age.

All positive CT lung scans will be reviewed by a multidisciplinary team of radiologists and thoracic surgeons. Results and recommendations will be reported to patients and their primary care physicians.

What costs are associated with getting an LDCT for lung cancer screening?
For patients that meet criteria, there is no cost associated with the test. The Affordable Care Act requires that ALL insurers, both government and private, cover approved screening exams at no cost to the patient. Low Dose Lung CT Screening was approved by the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force in 2014. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved coverage in February of 2015. If you have specific questions about whether your particular insurance plan covers any of the cost of the lung cancer screening CT, you should personally contact your individual insurance carrier BEFORE having the screening CT performed.

You are NOT eligible to participate in the program if you are having any symptoms such as hoarseness, coughing up blood, chest pain, severe shortness of breath, or unintentional weight loss. If you have symptoms, see your family doctor.
To calculate how many pack years you have smoked, multiply the number of packs of cigarettes you smoked per day by the number of years you smoked. For example:

  • 1 pack X 30 years = 30 pack years
  • 2 packs X 15 years = 30 pack years

Frequently Asked Questions for Patients