Your Medicare Coverage
Is my test, item, or service covered?
Lung cancer screening
How often is it covered?
Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers a lung cancer screening with Low Dose Computed Tomography (LDCT) once per year.
People with Part B who meet all of these conditions:
- They're 55-77.
- They're asymptomatic (they don’t have signs or symptoms of lung cancer).
- They're either a current smoker or have quit smoking within the last 15 years.
- They have a tobacco smoking history of at least 30 “pack years” (an average of one pack a day for 30 years).
- They get a written order from their doctor.
Before your first lung cancer screening, you’ll need to schedule an appointment with your doctor to:
- Discuss the benefits and risks of lung cancer screening
- Decide whether lung cancer screening is right for you
Your costs in Original Medicare
You pay nothing for this service if your doctor accepts assignment.