Lung cancer screenings

Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance)

 covers lung cancer screenings with Low Dose Computed Tomography (LDCT) once each year if you meet all of these conditions:

  • You’re age 55-77.
  • You don’t have signs or symptoms of lung cancer (asymptomatic).
  • You’re either a current smoker or have quit smoking within the last 15 years.
  • You have a tobacco smoking history of at least 30 “pack years” (an average of one pack (20 cigarettes) per day for 30 years).
  • You get a written order from your doctor.
Your costs in Original Medicare

You pay nothing for this service if your doctor accepts 



Things to know

Before your first lung cancer screening, you’ll need to schedule a lung cancer screening counseling and shared decision-making visit with your doctor to discuss the benefits and risks of lung cancer screening. You and your doctor can decide whether lung cancer screening is right for you.

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