Our Cancer Program

Lung Cancer Screening

Lung cancer screening allows individuals to be checked for early signs of lung cancer before the development of any symptoms. Identifying early, potentially curable lung cancer is of great benefit.

Several studies have shown the benefits of CT scans of the chest as a screening procedure to identify early-stage lung cancer. At White Plains Hospital, the Department of Thoracic Surgery provides a comprehensive screening program that includes low dose CT scans.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends yearly lung cancer screening for people who:

  • Have a 20 pack-year or more smoking history, and
  • Smoke now or have quit within the past 15 years, and
  • Are between 50 and 80 years old.

pack-year is smoking an average of one pack of cigarettes per day for one year.

Lung cancer screening can be authorized by a patient’s primary care physician or by contacting our Department of Thoracic Surgery at 914-849-7655.

to learn more about the screening program call 914-849-7655

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Check out our blog "Lung Cancer Screening: A Lifesaving Difference"

How is a lung cancer screening CT scan performed?

  • A low-dose CT scan of the chest requires that an individual lie on a table which slides into a doughnut shaped CT scanner which takes multiple x-ray pictures of your chest.
  • The procedure is completely painless and only requires several minutes.
  • The average radiation dose received from a low-dose CT scan is 1.5 mSv (by comparison, high mileage airplane flyers receive 6-8 mSv and individuals living at high altitude such as Denver Colorado received 6 mSv.

How long does a lung cancer screening CT scan take?

  • Advances in CT scanning now allow individuals to undergo a painless, non-invasive scan that takes about 20 seconds once you have registered, changed clothing and are on the scanning table.
  • The entire process of registering and filling out our simple questionnaire can be completed in less than half an hour.