The Lung Cancer Screening Program at NYU Langone Medical Center (1-855-NYU-LUNG)

  • The CT procedure is painless and quick. No drugs or injections are used. You will lie on a table which then slides through the CT scanner.  You will be asked to keep very still and hold your breath for the 20 seconds of the scan. The complete procedure takes only about five minutes, including preparation and actual scan. You may be asked to allow an hour for the appointment, although it is likely that the time needed will be much shorter.
  • After your scan, a pulmonologist will review the CT and radiologist’s interpretation and call you to discuss the results and answer any questions you may have. The results and recommendations for follow up will also be sent in the mail to you and your physician.
  • At this point in time, if the initial screening is normal, we usually recommend that high-risk individuals consider annual low-dose CT screening until age 74.
  • What does it cost? CT screening is $350, which is paid at the time of the exam. Most insurance companies do not currently pay for this test; please speak with your insurance company about your individual coverage.
  • You are also invited to contribute to lung cancer research by participating in our lung cancer biomarker screening study. If you choose to participate in the study, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire and undergo pulmonary function testing, and blood and sputum testing for research purposes in addition to the screening CT scan. You can choose to participate in any part of this study.