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Lung Scan

Sway them. Pester them. Love them. A lung scan could save you or someone you love.

If your loved one is a heavy smoker and over 55 years old, encourage them to get a lung scan to find out their risk for cancer.

Lung Scan Overview

A lung scan could save you or someone you love.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death not only in the U.S., but also throughout the state. Both the incidence rate and mortality rate of lung cancer in Indiana are well above the national averages. This accounts for thousands of Hoosier deaths every year.

A 2011 National Cancer Institute-sponsored trial demonstrated that our screening technique has the ability to detect smaller nodules than X-rays or standard CT scans. The result is a 20 percent decrease in lung cancer mortality.

If you have the following risks, you could benefit from a lung screening:

  • Must be over 55 years of age
  • A 30-pack per year smoking history
  • If a former smoker, quit sometime in the past 15 years
  • Must not have had a CT scan in the past 18 months
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Before Your Scan

Over the phone, you will go over eligibility and get scheduled for a scan at the location of your choice. Your will also receive some paperwork to fill out prior to your appointment.

At Your Appointment

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time. We'll review tobacco cessation strategies with you. Then you'll be taken back to complete the painless, non-invasive scan.

After Your Scan

The doctor will reviews the results within the week. He or she will follow up with you on the phone. The results of the scan, which can detect nodules as small as 2mm, are also sent to you in the mail.

Your next steps will depend on the results of the scan. Our unique partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine gives you access to innovative treatments using the latest research and technology. This commitment distinguishes IU Health from other cancer centers.

What to Expect for Your Lung Scan

Before Your Scan

Over the phone, you will go over eligibility and get scheduled for a scan at the location of your choice. Your will also receive some paperwork to fill out prior to your appointment.

At Your Appointment

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time. We'll review tobacco cessation strategies with you. Then you'll be taken back to complete the painless, non-invasive scan.

After Your Scan

The doctor will reviews the results within the week. He or she will follow up with you on the phone. The results of the scan, which can detect nodules as small as 2mm, are also sent to you in the mail.

Your next steps will depend on the results of the scan. Our unique partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine gives you access to innovative treatments using the latest research and technology. This commitment distinguishes IU Health from other cancer centers.

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