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Lung Screening Program

About the Program

Of the top four deadliest cancers in the U.S. (lung, prostate, breast and colorectal), lung cancer is the only one not subject to routine screening. Annually, approximately 1,200 people in Nebraska are diagnosed with lung cancer and 900 die of the disease.

Based on the findings of the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), we know that computerized tomography (CT) lung screening can save lives of people at risk for developing lung cancer.

Low-dose CT (LDCT) lung screening is quick and easy and results in a minimal amount of radiation exposure. CHI Health Good Samaritan is determined to raise awareness and improve access to this testing for all people at high risk.

 Qualification Criteria

You may qualify for a LDCT lung screening at CHI Health Good Samaritan if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are between 55 and 77 years old.
  • You are currently a smoker or have quit within the past 15 years.
  • Have smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for 30+ years
  • Are in relatively good health without signs and symptoms of advanced pulmonary disease (coughing and early-stage COPD are not signs and symptoms for cancer). 

Involving Your Primary Care Physician
The Lung Cancer Screening Program will communicate your lung screening results to your primary care physician, and will work with your primary care physician to ensure that appropriate follow-up is received. 

For more information or questions regarding CHI Health Good Samaritan's Lung Screening Program,
call 308.865.7881 or 866.299.7955. 

If you think you meet the criteria, please call and schedule an appointment with your primary care provider to discuss low dose CT lung screening. 

Tobacco Cessation

If you’ve tried to quit smoking in the past, keep trying—each attempt will help you reach your goal. Millions of people have quit smoking. You can too!

The Tobacco Cessation program at CHI Health Good Samaritan Cancer Center has many resources to help you quit.

For more information, call 308.865.7291. 

FAQs

What is CT screening?
Computerized tomography (CT) screening uses special X-ray technology to obtain image data from different angles around the body and then uses computer processing of the information to show a cross section of body tissues and organs.

What is the goal of LDCT lung screening?
The goal of LDCT lung screening is to save lives. Without LDCT lung screening, lung cancer is usually not found until a person develops symptoms. At that time, the cancer is much harder to treat.

How effective is LDCT lung screening at preventing death from lung cancer?
Studies have shown that LDCT lung screening can lower the risk of death from lung cancer by 20 percent in people who are at high risk.

How is the exam performed?
LDCT lung screening is one of the easiest screening exams you can have. The test takes less than 10 seconds. No medications are given, and no needles are used. You can eat before and after the exam. You do not even need to get changed as long as the clothing on your chest does not contain metal. You must, however, be able to hold your breath for at least 6 seconds while the chest scan is being taken.

How much does the exam cost?
Medicare and many insurance providers do cover lung screenings. We will check with your provider prior to your exam.

*If you are having financial difficulties and are unable to pay for your exam, we can put you in contact with our Financial Assistance program to explore your options. Please do not let cost deter your from having this potentially life-saving screening.