Lung Cancer Screening CT Program

Early Detection Can Save Your Life

Lung Cancer Alliance

National Jewish Health has been named a Lung Cancer Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance and the American College of Radiology (ACR).

The Lung Cancer Screening CT Program at National Jewish Health is focused on early detection. Chest CT screening has been proven to significantly decrease lung cancer deaths by as much as 20 percent in high-risk patients. If you have a significant smoking history you are at an increased risk for developing lung cancer.

Our program started in the fall of 2010 after the preliminary release of the results of the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST). Two of our lung cancer experts were part of the NLST investigators. The NLST results showed a 20 percent reduction in lung cancer deaths in high-risk individuals screened with CT scan.

In December 2013, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended annual Lung Cancer Screening CT for high risk individuals (ages 55 – 80, 30+ pack years history of smoking, current smoker or quit within past 15 years). With this level of recommendation, private insurance companies are now required to cover Lung Cancer Screening CT in high-risk individuals as a preventative service without a co-pay or deductible requirement.

Lung cancer screening CT is recommended by the following groups:

  • American College of Chest Physicians
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • National Comprehensive Cancer Network
  • American Thoracic Society
  • American Lung Association
  • American Association of Thoracic Surgeons
  • United States Preventive Services Task Force

Our Lung Cancer Screening CT Program includes:

  • Reduced dose chest CT
  • Lung nodule detection
  • Nodule management utilizing established guidelines
  • Lung Nodule Registry
  • Lung cancer diagnosis

Download the lung cancer screening brochure (pdf).

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