Convenient lung screenings in Birmingham | Ascension

Convenient lung screenings in Birmingham

At Ascension St. Vincent’s in Birmingham, Alabama, we provide lung screenings and personalized care for lung cancer and lung nodules.

A lung screening helps you and your doctor better understand your lung health. Getting a low-dose CT scan may help find lung nodules or cancer early, when it is most treatable. Finding cancer early means there may be more options for treatment too.  At Ascension St. Vincent’s in Birmingham, Alabama, we provide advanced screening and surveillance of lung nodules and cancer. A lung scan can also help diagnose lung fibrosis, COPD and other breathing disorders.

Talk to a doctor about a lung screening if you:

  • Are between age 55 and 77 
  • Currently smoke, or have quit within the past 15 years
  • Have smoked 1 pack daily for 30 years or 2 packs daily for 15 years]
  • Do not currently have signs or symptoms of lung cancer

A referral from your primary care doctor or other provider is needed for a low-dose CT scan. If you already have a referral, please call to schedule your screening appointment.

Understanding a low-dose CT screening

CT lung screenings use an X-ray generating device that rotates around your body to create cross-sectional images of the inside of your lungs. When you arrive for your test, you will change into a gown and lie on a table that slides in and out of a large tube, called a CT. It is a painless imaging test that takes only minutes to complete. Then, your radiologist reviews the images and prepares a report for your doctor. By getting a clear picture of your lung health, your doctor can create a care plan that’s right for you.

Medicare and many private insurers may cover a CT scan for those at high risk. And for many high-risk patients, the first scan may be covered without a copay. Check with your insurance provider for confirmation of coverage.

Connected to specialists at Ascension St. Vincent’s

At Ascension St. Vincent’s, our care teams are ready to answer any questions you may have about lung screenings and other screenings you may need. If you need more care, including more advanced treatment options, you are connected to compassionate care teams and specialists right for you. We take the time to explain procedures and walk you through every step. 

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Check with your insurance provider to understand your coverage before scheduling. Low-dose CT screening may be covered by various insurance plans as well as Medicare for those who meet certain high-risk criteria. If you have Medicare Part B and meet certain qualifications, your screening may be covered. But you will need a referral from your doctor.