Derry Imaging offers a Low-dose (LDCT) Lung Cancer Screening program at our Bedford, Concord, Derry & Raymond NH locations. Early Detection Saves Lives!
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has recommended expanded coverage for lung cancer screening. See updated requirements below.
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 can help find cancer early and 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 50-80 years old?
- Are you a current smoker? Or have you quit in the last 15 years?
- Have you smoked the equivalent of 20 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 20)
- If you do not meet the above criteria but feel you are at risk for lung cancer, talk with your doctor to see if screening or other options are right for you.
*Medicare coverage guidelines: 50-77 years old, smoked 20 pack years, current smoker or quit in last 15 years.