Lung Cancer Screening
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We offer patients lung cancer screening using low dose CT scanning. This type of screening utilizes the lowest possible radiation dose and is an effective way to identify lung cancer in its early stages. All examinations are interpreted by NSMC physicians who are board certified in radiology. Patients who are at high risk for developing lung cancer and who meet the criteria listed below should first make an appointment to speak with their primary care physician. A "shared decision" appointment is necessary before your physican can make a referral for you to have a lung cancer screening.
- NSMC Salem Hospital (directions)
- Appointments by physician referral only
Criteria for a Lung Cancer Screening
- Must be between the ages of 55 and 77*
- Must be a current smoker or have quit in the past 15 years
- Must be a 30-plus pack year smoker (number of years as a smoker multiplied by number of packs per day)
- Able to undergo curative treatment
- Asymptomatic (no signs or symptoms of lung cancer)
Pulmonary Nodule Navigator
NSMC's Pulmonary Nodule Navigator, Amie Samuylov, R.T.R., C.T., (OPN-CG) assists patients who are eligible for the Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening Program. Samuylov has clinical expertise in lung cancer diagnoses. She is available to explain the CT scan screening process and the next steps if follow-up testing is needed.