Lung Cancer Screening Program
Brigham and Women’s Hospital Departments of Radiology and Thoracic Surgery have partnered to offer lung cancer screening using low-dose CT (computed tomography) to individuals that meet certain high-risk criteria. If you are a current or former long-term smoker over the age of 50, ask your doctor about whether you should receive the scan.
Please call (617) 278-0810 or email BWHLungCancerScreening@partners.org for more information or to schedule the scan.
Research to Support Lung Cancer Screening
A recent study by the National Cancer Institute, called the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), compared patients who received CT scans versus a chest x-ray to screen for lung cancer. In patients aged 55-74 who smoked one pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years, the CT scans were found to reduce the number of deaths from lung cancer by 20 percent. Since those results were published, a task force formed by the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) announced recommendations that former smokers between the ages of 55-79 should get an annual low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) scan to screen for lung cancer. The links below provide more information about the NLST and the AATS recommendations.
Based on the results of the NLST the Brigham and Women’s Hospital created a unique program to offer screening chest CT scans to eligible patients. If you are a current or former long-term smoker over the age of 50, ask your doctor about whether you should receive the scan.
Scheduling a Screening Scan
To schedule a lung cancer screening scan, call the Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) Lung Cancer Screening Program at (617) 278-0810. We will schedule your low-dose CT scan at Coolidge Corner Imaging, BWH Department of Radiology's community location in Brookline, MA (free parking is available). The screening chest CT scan is a quick procedure. It takes about 15 minutes to complete, and that includes prep time. The cost is $350 at the time of the scan and includes risk assessment, the scan, a clinic consultation to explain findings and expeditiously arrange for any indicated medical care. Negotiations with payers are underway to have the screening CT scans covered by health insurance.
This page was last modified on 2/13/2014