Monday, April 4, 2016

Norman Regional now offers a low-dose CT scan which screens for lung cancer. Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world and the leading cause of cancer death in the United States.

The screening is offered for $79 and without a physician’s referral or note. The screening is recommended for people who:

  • Are between the ages of 55 to 74
  • Have smoked more than a pack a day for 30 years
  • Currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years
  • Have been exposed to second-hand smoke for an extended period of time
  • Had or have a job with exposure to radon, asbestos or diesel exhaust

The non-invasive and painless test is a computed tomography (CT) scan of the chest area. A radiologist looks at the image produced by the scan. A patient is notified of any abnormal findings by a specialized nurse navigator. If the findings are normal, patients will receive a letter with this result. It is recommended that patients share all results and findings with their primary care physician. This screening provides a baseline or point of reference for additional tests you may need throughout your life.

Norman Regional’s comprehensive lung services also include board-certified pulmonologists and interventional pulmonologists. If you have a finding on a lung cancer screening, our team is available to provide follow-up care and treatment including biopsies.

Lung cancer screenings are performed at Norman Regional Hospital, Norman Regional HealthPlex and the soon-to-be-opened Norman Regional Moore. The test takes about 15 minutes. Patients can call (405) 307-2290 to schedule their screening today.

The cost of the screening is $79. Your insurance will not be billed for a lung cancer screening.