Lung Screening Program
Torrance Memorial, at the
forefront of cancer diagnostics, now offers a
low-dose CT screening for those at increased risk for lung cancer.
Study Reveals Screening Benefits
Recently the National Cancer Institute released the findings of its National
Lung Screening Trial, a national research study that enrolled over 50,000
currently and ex-smokers with a high risk of development lung cancer.
Analysis of the data gathered in this trial showed that significantly
fewer study participants died of lung cancer if they underwent low-does
spiral CT (Computed Tomography) screening compared to participants who
had a standard chest x-ray. The study strongly suggests that
CT lung screening leads to early detection and reduces risk of dying of
lung cancer by 20% for those at risk for the development of smoking-related lung cancer.
Who Should Consider CT Scan Lung Screening?
If you are between the ages of
55 and 77 years, have a more than incidental smoking history, and have smoked during the
past 15 years, you should consider being screened.
To learn more about your risk for lung cancer and whether you should consider
CT lung screening, visit
Are There Any Risks to Being Screened for Lung Cancer?
There are some risks:
- Not all cancers are detected by CT
- The scan could result in a finding that leads to additional testing
- Exposure to a small amount of radiation (about the same amount of radiation
exposure that occurs during a mammogram), although the benefit of early
detection in high-risk individuals likely outweighs the risk of damage
or injury related to the amount of radiation exposure that occurs during a CT
The self-pay cost of the exam is $205. CT lung screen is now a covered
benefit by many private and employee-sponsored health insurance plans.
Persons interested in screening should check with their physician or health
insurance provider about coverage for CT lung screening. The process for
reimbursement through Medicare is still under development but should be
in place by the end of 2015. A
physicians order is required. The order can be faxed to Centralized Scheduling at 310-784-6366 or 424-286-4707.
Contact the Lung Program Nurse Navigator at 310-517-4665 for questions
about scheduling an exam.
Make An Appointment
Call Centralized Scheduling at 310-517-4738. Once you have an appointment
scheduled, you are encouraged to contact the Lung Program Nurse Navigator
to learn more about the CT exam, 310-517-4665.
Where is The Scan Performed?
CT Lung Screening is performed at Torrance Memorial Polak Imaging Pavilion located:
3275 Skypark Drive
Torrance, CA 90505
Parking is available near the building's entrance at Skypark Drive
and Camino del Sol.
The Nurse Navigator will either call you with the results or set up an
appointment to discuss the results in person, usually 3-4 days after the
exam. You will receive written notification of the scan results and your
physician will receive a copy of the report. If you would like a copy
of the scan on a CD, ask the front desk at Polak Imaging Pavilion or call
For More Information
For additional information about the lung cancer screening and treatment
program at Torrance Memorial, call 310-517-4665. Program