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Some Insurers Now Covering CT Lung Cancer Screening

By Max Rosen, MD, Chair of Radiology

In December 2013 the U.S. Preventive Service Task Force (USPSTF) recommended annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography in adults ages 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.

This recommendation was based on a multi-center randomized controlled study which showed a 20% reduction in death from lung cancer among smokers who underwent low-dose CT lung screening.

Recently, several insurers have agreed to cover lung cancer screening in this selected patient group.

For the past few months, UMass Memorial Medical Center has been offering a unique, multi-disciplinary lung screening program in central Massachusetts, in which all patients meet with the radiologist before and after the lung scan, review their CT images directly with Radiologist, and leave Radiology with a complete report of the their CT scan along with any follow-up recommendations.

Patients needing clinical follow-up can be seen in our integrated multi-disciplinary program by one of our UMass Memorial pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, or oncologists. Our team is also linked to several smoking cessation programs in central Massachusetts.

You should check with your insurance provider to see if lung CT screening is now being included in your coverage.

The UMass Memorial Lung CT Screening Program is staffed by our clinical coordinator, Fran Trifone, who can be reached at 774-442-LUNG for questions and referrals.

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