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Low-Dose Lung Cancer CT Scan Cost Reduced
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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Reduces Out-Of-Pocket Expense
For Low-Dose Lung Cancer CT Scans

Hospital Offers Most Affordable Price in Metro Detroit for Non-Covered Screening

Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) is now offering low-dose Lung Cancer CT Screening scans for those considered to be at high risk of Lung Cancer for a $125 out-of-pocket expense, one of the lowest prices in metro Detroit. In 2012, St. Joe’s offered the test for $275. Through low-dose Lung Cancer CT screening, lesions can be detected that are smaller, when the chances for a cure are greatest.  The test is not currently covered by most insurance plans.

“St. Joe’s consistently looks for opportunities to improve efficiency, clinical quality, patient safety and satisfaction.  Many of these efforts result in cost savings,” said Jack Weiner, SJMO President and CEO.  “As we reduce our costs, we in turn pass along the savings to our patients and their families to help make their health care more affordable.  It’s an ongoing effort.  We feel it is the right thing to do,” Weiner added.

The screening is not recommended for everyone. According to the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS), here are the criteria for low-dose CT screening:

  • Is a current or former smoker (former smokers who quit within the last 15 years)
  • Is age 50-79 years old
  • Has a smoking history of at least 20-30 pack years (one pack/day for 20-30 years)

Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in both men and women, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). The ACS estimates that there were about 226,160 new lung cancer cases diagnosed in 2012, with about 160,340 deaths.  One contributor to the high death rate is that often the disease is not diagnosed until it reaches an advanced stage since it has no symptoms and until now there has been no screening test to detect it in early stages.

A national screening trial of 53,000 participants who were current or former smokers compared the effectiveness of lung cancer screening by low-dose CT scans versus chest X-rays.  Over the course of the trial, lung cancer deaths were 20 were percent lower among those who had low-dose CT scans compared to those with chest X-rays.

A physician’s referral is required for the low-dose Lung CT and results are sent to the referring physician. The screening test may be scheduled by calling 248-858-3777.

For more information on low-dose Lung CT at SJMO, call 248-858-3471.