Screening

CT Lung Screening Saves Lives

CT lung screenings are proven to aid in finding lung cancers in their earliest stages, when more than 80 percent of cases can be cured. If you’re a current or former smoker, getting a low-dose CT lung screening at Jupiter Medical Center gives you the power to safeguard your health.

A low-dose CT scan is a quick, painless, and non-invasive approach to screen for lung cancer.
If you smoked a pack a day for 30 years, or two packs a day for 15 years, you should consider getting a CT lung screening.

  • Other risk factors for lung cancer include:
  • Exposure to asbestos, radon, silica, cadmium, arsenic, beryllium, chromium, diesel fumes or nickel
  • Regular exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Chemical exposure during military service
  • Health-related issues, such as COPD or pulmonary fibrosis
  • Family history of lung cancer

Cost-Effective Lung Screenings

Some private insurance companies now cover the cost of lung cancer screening. Medicare and some insurers are expected to cover the screenings in the future. Your insurance provider may have specific requirements related to eligibility.

If you do not have coverage for screening, but are still concerned about your risk of lung cancer, Jupiter Medical Center offers low-dose CT lung screening at a discounted price of $99.

A discussion with our health navigator can help determine if CT lung screening is right for you. Call 561-263-4437.

Lung Nodule Clinic

If you have had a CT scan and either a screening or diagnostic or a chest x-ray, your results may show a lung or pulmonary nodule. A pulmonary nodule is an abnormality in the lung that is smaller than 3 cm (slightly larger than an inch) in diameter. Generally, a pulmonary nodule must grow to at least 1 cm (the size of a pea) in diameter before it can be seen on a chest x-ray. CT Scans can detect nodules less than 1 cm in size.

Determining whether the lung nodule is benign or malignant is important as early detection, accurate evaluation of nodules and rapid intervention together are key to a positive outcome. Prompt diagnosis and treatment of early lung cancer, presenting as a lung nodule, may be the only chance to cure the disease.

Patients have access to a multidisciplinary team of physician’s specialists including:

  • Pulmonologist
  • Thoracic surgeon
  • Interventional radiologist
  • Pathologist

In addition to these specialists, a dedicated lung navigator is available to answer any questions and guide patients through the process.

Lung Nodule Clinic Process

If you have an abnormal chest X-ray or CT of the lung, or if you are seeking a second opinion, you can be seen within 24 – 48 hours for an evaluation. A physician referral is not necessary. Our patient navigator is always available to answer questions and help you make an initial appointment. You will leave the clinic with a plan of care the same day as your consultation.