Derry Imaging offers Low-dose (LDCT) Lung Cancer Screening at both our Derry & Bedford NH locations.

What is a Low-dose (LDCT) Lung Cancer Screening?

Lung cancer screening is a low-dose CT scan used to detect lung cancer and is a preventative annual screening, like a mammogram or colonoscopy. Because lung cancer typically has no symptoms until the disease has spread, studies have shown, screening patients at high risk can detect lung cancer early when it is most treatable. A low-dose CT scan is the only recommended screening test for lung cancer.

Should I be screened?

Take the assessment below to see if you are eligible and talk to your doctor to see if screening is right for you.

  • Are you between 55-77 years old? (Some private insurance covers until age 80)
  • Are you a current smoker? Or have you quit in the last 15 years?
  • Have you smoked the equivalent of 30 pack-years or more?

___ number of packs smoked per day X ___ number of years smoked = ___ Pack Years
(this number must be equal to or greater than 30)

 

If you do not meet the above criteria but feel you are at risk for lung cancer, talk with your doctor to see if a diagnostic CT scan is right for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, annual screenings are now covered by most insurances and Medicare if you meet the approved criteria.

Medicare
  • Asymptomatic
  • Between 55-77 years old
  • Current smoker or have quit within past 15 years
  • 30-pack-year smoking history
  • Lung cancer screening counseling and shared decision-making visit with physician• Lung cancer screening counseling and shared decision-making visit with physician
  • Follow up Screen
Private Insurance/Self-Pay
  • Between 55-80 years old
  • Current smoker or have quit within past 15 years
  • 30-pack-year smoking history

This is a guideline, every insurance policy is different. It is best to verify your coverage and criteria with your carrier.

Studies show that screening for lung cancer with low-dose (LDCT) in high risk patients reduces the risk of dying from lung cancer. In some scans spots may be found that turn out not to be cancer. These false positive results do occasionally occur and may lead to needing further imaging or other tests. Low-dose CT uses lower amounts of radiation. Lung Cancer Screening Risk – Benefits Information for Patients

The exam is very quick and takes only 10-15 minutes. There is no prep, injections, or oral contrast required for this screening.

After your scan, one of our fellowship-trained radiologists will interpret the images and make recommendations for any follow up care. Your primary care provider will be sent a report with the findings. They will share the results with you in accordance to their office protocol. If the results are positive you and your doctor will discuss next steps. Derry Imaging also offers an experienced Lung Screening Patient Navigator who is available to provide you with guidance and resources.

Lung Screening Patient Navigator

Blain AllattBlain Allatt RT(R)(ARRT) has been a Registered Radiologic Technologist for over 8 years. She has worked in a number of settings, including hospital, trauma center, urgent care and out patient radiology. She prides herself in creating a great patient rapport with each patient she encounters, and her attention to detail in all aspects of her position.

The Lung Cancer Screening Patient Navigator will be your liaison, and direct contact at Derry Imaging Center. The Patient Navigator is responsible for ensuring patients are educated in their screening process, relay necessary information to all providers involved in each patient’s care and a true advocate for each patient involved in the Lung Cancer Screening Program. The Navigator will verify a patients eligibility for the program, provide consultation and important resources and ensure follow-up care is in place, when necessary. She is always available to answer any of your questions and can be reached at (603) 537-1363 ext. 3403.

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