Thanks to advanced imaging technology called low-dose CT, our experts can detect cancerous spots on the lung not yet visible on traditional chest x-rays. Low-dose CT lung cancer screening can help find lung cancer at an early stage when it can be cured. Among patients who participated in the St. Joseph early detection program, more than 80 percent of lung cancers detected with a low-dose CT have been in the earliest stages, with a high probability of cure.
High-Risk Eligibility Requirements
To qualify for a low-dose CT lung screening, you must meet the following criteria:
- Between 55-77 years of age
- Smoked at least 30 pack years (pack years are the number of packs per day times the number of years smoked)
- Currently smoking or quit smoking within the past 15 years
- No signs and symptoms of lung cancer