Low Dose CT Screening Program

Low-dose CT Screening Program

Penn Highlands Healthcare is pleased to be the first healthcare facility in this region to offer CT Lung Cancer Screening.

Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in the United States causing more deaths than breast, colon, and prostate cancer combined. With CT Lung Screening, the goal is to detect the lung cancer early in the course before it has caused the symptoms.

Benefits of CT Lung Screening

In high-risk population, CT lung cancer screening can significantly reduce the chance of lung cancer related death. The lung cancer screening can be done using low-dose CT scan, which uses a very small dose of radiation to take pictures of the lungs. The dose of radiation is significantly lower than a standard chest CT scan.

Eligibility for CT Lung Cancer Screening

To be a candidate for CT lung screening, the individual must meet one of the following criteria:

  • 55 to 80 year old, with at least a 30 pack-year smoking history who continue to smoke or who quit less that 15 years ago. One pack year is equal to smoking 20 cigarettes, or one pack, everyday for one year.
  • 50 years or older and with at least 20 pack-years and one or more of these risk factors: long-term exposure to asbestos, asbestos-related lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis, family history (parent, sibling or child) of lung cancer, long-term exposure to silica, cadmium, arsenic, beryllium, chromium, diesel fumes, nickel, coal smoke and soot.

Penn Highlands Healthcare is providing this screening for as little as $99.
Most insurances provide coverage for this screening.

Patients or physician offices may call the Lung Center to schedule a CT Lung Screening at 814-375-3770 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

The CT scans are conducted at all four hospitals - Penn Highlands Brookville, Penn Highlands Clearfield, Penn Highlands DuBois and Penn Highlands Elk.

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