How healthy are your heart and lungs? A simple test can check for diseases in their earliest stages, when treatment may be most effective.

Early Lung Cancer Detection CT Scan 

This painless, non-invasive, specialized CT scan of your lungs can accurately detect pulmonary nodules, which may indicate the presence of lung cancer. 

To have this exam, you must be at least 40 years old and have one of these risk factors for lung cancer: 

  • current or former smoker 
  • personal history of lung cancer 
  • extensive exposure to second-hand smoke. 

If you’re under 40, you may be eligible for a scan if it’s recommended by your radiologist in consultation with your primary care physician. 

If you have a respiratory illness at the time of your scan, it will be rescheduled. These conditions can make it difficult to capture a good scan and interpret the results.

Heart Scan 

A Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring (CACS) exam uses computed tomography (CT) to take detailed pictures of your heart and detect subtle early warning signs of heart disease. Early detection can help your doctor determine the most appropriate treatment plan.

To have this exam, you must be at least 45 (men) or 55 (women), and have one or more of the following risk factors:

  • family history of heart disease 
  • high cholesterol 
  • history of smoking 
  • high blood pressure 
  • high-stress lifestyle 
  • sedentary lifestyle 
  • diabetes 
  • 20 pounds or more overweight. 

If you’re under 40, you may be eligible for a scan if it’s recommended by your radiologist in consultation with your primary care physician.

Cost and Your Results

Insurance companies typically don’t pay for these tests. Each exam is $400. A radiologist will review your exam and discuss it with you before you leave. You’ll receive a written report including recommendations for follow-up studies or referral to another physician, if necessary (usually covered by insurance). 

It’s your responsibility to make arrangements for any recommended follow-up care. If you don’t have a primary care physician, please call our physician referral line at 417-269-INFO or use our online directory.