Comprehensive Cancer Screening Program
Low-dose CT (Computed Tomography) Lung Cancer Screening
The Riverside Medical Center Lung Screening Program offers FREE lung cancer screenings for individuals at high risk. To determine if you are at increased risk please use our lung cancer risk assessment tool. The multidisciplinary program is under the direction of Pulmonary Medicine, Radiology, Thoracic Surgery, and Oncology services and follows the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines for lung screening.
What to Expect
Individuals who meet high risk guidelines will meet with a lung cancer screening navigator to review personal history, a respiratory therapist to provide a pulmonary screen and discuss smoking cessation if applicable, followed by a low dose CT scan of the chest.
The CT procedure is painless and quick and free of charge to those at high risk. No drugs or injections are used. You will lie on a table which then slides through the CT scanner. You will be asked to keep very still and hold your breath for the 20 seconds of the scan. The complete procedure takes only about five minutes, including preparation and actual scan. You may be asked to allow an hour for the appointment, although it is likely that the time needed will be much shorter.
Results are given to you at the time of the exam by the nurse navigator. In some cases the results are communicated by your physician in an office visit. All results are communicated to your physician.
If you don't have a physician, Riverside Medical Center can assist you with referrals to Riverside Medical Group providers.
Follow up and Additional Testing
Depending on the results of your Screening CT, additional testing or follow up may be required. All follow- up testing can be performed at Riverside Medical center, and the Lung Screening Team will assist you through further testing or cancer treatment. Follow up tests may be covered by your insurance company.
Should cancer be suspected, our team including a nurse navigator, pulmonologists, surgeons, oncologists, and other professionals are available to guide you through the process.
Abnormalities are frequently found on screening CT's, especially in individuals who smoke. The majority of these turn out to be minor benign abnormalities, not cancer. In most cases, the only additional tests necessary are two annual follow-up low-dose CT scans, to confirm that the findings on the scan are unchanged over time. In some cases, a course of antibiotics may be recommended if the findings appear to be related to infection or inflammation in the lungs.
How to Schedule Your Lung Cancer Screening Appointment
A total of three scans are completed over a two year period. The first scan will be taken during your initial appointment, then again one year later and the final scan two year later.
Although not covered by insurance or Medicare, Riverside is offering this screening FREE to individuals considered high risk .
Please call Riverside Outpatient Scheduling at (815) 935-7531 to assess your risks and schedule an appointment. A physician referral or self referral is acceptable for appointment scheduling.
Testing can be performed at our Bourbonnais, Coal City or Watseka campuses.