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Low Dose CT Screening for Smokers

The use of low-dose, CT scans of the chest has been shown to reduce lung cancer deaths. The purpose of a CT screening test is to identify the presence of cancer in individuals before they demonstrate any symptoms.

To qualify for lung cancer screening, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Age 50 to 80
  • No signs or symptoms of lung cancer
  • Current smoker or smoker who has quit within the last 15 years
  • 30 pack/year history of smoking (for example, one pack a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years)

Health Insurance Coverage

Medicare and Medicare-based plans, as well as most private medical insurance plans, cover the cost of the test. You may have co-pays or deductibles.

How to Schedule

There are two options for scheduling a lung CT scan.

1. Through your primary care physician

Once your doctor provides a prescription for the test and, if required by your insurance plan, the appropriate precertification has been acquired from your primary care physician, you can schedule your test at a convenient location:

  • Jefferson Lansdale Hospital
  • Jefferson Health – Blue Bell
  • Jefferson Health – Warminster
  • Jefferson Health – Willow Grove

2. Via the Lung Cancer Screening Program

Call 215-481-6072 to see if you are eligible for screening and to set up an appointment. Our team will provide you information about the test, pre-certify the test with your health insurance company and schedule the test at one of our convenient locations. Counseling to stop smoking is also available. Please call 215-672-6072 to learn more.

Lung Cancer Alliance sealTake a Step to Quit

If you have been considering quitting, but don’t know how to begin, here are four options to help you get started.

  • Make an appointment with your healthcare provider to discuss quitting.
  • Contact Anne Marie Kinsey, nurse practitioner with Jefferson Health – Abington, who provides individual counseling and medications, if needed. Most insurance plans cover this service. Call 215-481-6070.
  • Enroll in the Jefferson Health – Abington Smoking Cessation Program, 7 week session, $25. For more information or to register, call 215-481-2204.
  • Call the State of Pennsylvania’s Smoking Quitline: 1-800-QUIT-NOW

Scheduling a Test?

Use this form to request an appointment for a test

Our schedulers will call you within 2 business days at the time that is most convenient for you to arrange the appointment.

Outpatient Radiology Scope of Services

  • Low Dose CT Screening for Smokers