LDCT Screening

Low-dose CT (LDCT) Lung Screenings can SAVE LIVES!

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women worldwide. Nearly 160,000 Americans die of lung cancer each year and it is usually not diagnosed until a person develops symptoms. A study by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network provided guidelines recommending annual low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) screening for lung cancer. Early detection prior to onset of symptoms can save lives.

If you do not currently have a primary care physician, please contact PMC’s thoracic nurse navigator who can assist you in obtaining a prescription at 570-422-1731.

  Lisa Whitaker, RN, MSN
PMC Thoracic Nurse Navigator 

Please call 570-422-1732 to schedule an appointment

LDCT screenings are held by appointment at the Imaging Center, PMC Bartonsville Healthcare Center on the third Saturday of the month

PMC Bartonsville Healthcare Center
Imaging Center
600 Commerce Blvd
Stroudsburg, PA 18360

What is LDCT?
  • Low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) lung screening is quick, painless and results in a minimal amount of radiation exposure, similar to that of a mammogram.
  • This exam does not require intravenous contrast and takes approximately 15 minutes.
  • LDCT screening can lower the risk of death from lung cancer by 20% in people who are at high risk. 
  • Screenings are able to detect most lung cancer in the early stages prior to people presenting with symptoms, which is when treatment is most successful. 
  • Screening may not detect all cancers in the early stages and some screenings may detect findings not related to lung cancer.
How do I get an LDCT screening?
  • Patients must be referred by a physician. 
  • If you do not currently have a primary care physician or medical insurance, please contact the thoracic nurse navigator.
  • Age 55 to 77 years old
  • Current smoker or quit less than 15 years ago
  • Smoked at least a pack of cigarettes per day for 30 pack years*
  • Covered by insurance: coinsurance, copayment, and deductible may apply per your insurance plan

*The pack-year is a unit for measuring the amount a person has smoked over a long period of time. To calculate pack-years: 

(Packs smoked per day) × (Years as a smoker) = Number of pack-years

Screening Results

  • LDCT screening participants will be notified of their results by the PMC Thoracic Nurse Navigator. 
  • If a suspicious nodule is identified on a LDCT screening, the Thoracic Nurse Navigator will collaborate with your primary care physician. 
  • If needed, referrals can be provided to pulmonologists and thoracic surgeons for further diagnostic testing. 

Smoking Cessation

Studies show that smoking cessation is the only proven way to decrease one’s risk of developing lung cancer. If you want to stop smoking please contact PMC’s smoking cessation program at 570-476-3680

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