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Lung Cancer Screening

CT Scanning for Lung Cancer

Lung cancer kills more people in the United States than any other type of cancer. At the same time, the early-stage prognosis for lung cancer is very good with a high cure rate. The reason so many fall victim to lung cancer lies in the late diagnosis of most patients.

UnityPoint Health-Pekin is now using a low-dose radiation CT scanning program designed to detect early-stage lung cancer. Similar to how mammography is used to identify early-stage breast cancer, this program is the first of its kind to perform routine screenings for lung cancer.

The screening is painless and only takes around 10 minutes of your time. The scan is conducted on a traditional CT machine and those who meet the criteria are encouraged to have a scan done each year.

Am I eligible?

The scan is restricted to people at high risk for lung cancer. In order to be eligible to have the screening you must:

  • Be between the ages 55 and 74
  • Smoked a pack of cigarettes per day for 30 years
  • And/or been exposed to certain work environments known to be dangerous

What do I have to do to prepare?

For the procedure itself, no preparation is required.

A physician's referral is required for the scan. If you fit the criteria for the scan but don't have a physician, contact UnityPoint Health-Pekin at (309) 353-0886 for a referral.

Does my insurance cover the procedure?

Most insurance plans won't cover the scan because it is not a diagnostic procedure, but rather a screening tool. However, UnityPoint Health-Pekin is committed to your health and provides the procedure and the accompanying radiologist's interpretation for $175. The fee is significantly lower than what would normally be assessed.

Make the long-term investment for your health. Call the Diagnostic Center at (309) 353-0410 or contact your physician.