Lung Select Low Dose CT

Recommended for adults ages 55-77 who are current smokers, or who have quit within the last 15 years with a smoking history of 30 pack-years or greater. A pack-year equals a pack a day for 30 years or smoking two packs a day for 15 years.

Medicare or your insurance plan may pay for this screening if you:

  • Are aged 55-77
  • Have no symptoms of lung cancer
  • Currently smoke, with a history of smoking one pack a day for 30 years, or two packs a day for 15 years
  • Quit smoking within the past 15 years, with a history of smoking one pack a day for 30 years, or two packs a day for 15 years
  • Have a doctor’s order for the screening
  • Take part in a lung cancer screening counseling appointment

Call 601-948-6262


  • Low Dose CT - scan to detect abnormalities that may be too small to be seen on a routine x-ray.

No patient preparation is required for this screening.

The Lung Select screening is offered Monday through Friday by appointment at Baptist Medical Center. Call 601-948-6262 for more information.

The Lung Cancer Alliance has named Baptist Health Systems a Screening Center of Excellence.

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Your Lung Select Screening

The Lung Select screening is provided in the Outpatient Radiology department, on the ground floor of the Colonnades medical office building at Baptist Medical Center. When you arrive for the screening, go directly to Outpatient Radiology.

During the screening, a radiological technician will perform a low dose CT scan of your chest. You will lie still on a table that the technician will advance to the appropriate position inside the CT scanner. A CT scanner is a computerized x-ray system that generates 3-D images of the inside of an object. A CT scan of the lungs can detect abnormalities that may be too small to be seen on a normal x-ray. The screening takes approximately 15 minutes.

The Lung Select Screen Team

Physicians who review results in the Lung Select screening program are board certified thoracic surgeons and pulmonologists at Baptist Medical Center. Pulmonologists have specialized training in the care of patients with lung diseases. Thoracic surgeons are specially trained in surgeries to treat lung conditions. When our team has completed evaluation of your screening, they will provide a report explaining your results. They will also make recommendations for any needed follow-up.

Members of the Lung Select Screen Team

A. Michael Koury, MD 
Tim Cannon, MD
William Frazier, MD
Robert McGee, MD (not pictured)
Rajesh Patel, MD (not pictured)
Maria Rappai, MD
Dallas Sorrell, MD
Joyce Wade-Hamme, MD
Barry Whites, MD
William Williams, MD 

If You Have Questions About Your Results

Our physicians will mail your completed screening report to you, usually in about one week. If your results indicate a need for immediate follow up, we will call you at the telephone number you provided. If you have questions about your results, or if you need help scheduling recommended follow up screenings, call the Baptist Health Line at 601-948-6262. They can answer questions and help you with your next steps.

About Baptist's Screening Programs

1. Specific health criteria apply for all screenings. Participants will be asked qualifying information during registration.

2. Screening packages are available by appointment and are evaluated by Baptist nurses and physicians.

3. Reports may be sent to you and the physician of your choice.

4. Insurance is not filed for most* screening packages. Payment is through cash or check at Baptist Medical Center. Payment at Baptist Medical Clinic locations includes cash, check or debit / credit cards.
* Insurance is filed for the Lung Select LDCT screening.

  • Heart Basic Screening and R.A.C.E. are only available at Baptist Medical Clinic. Call 601-968-1966.
  • ALL other screenings at Baptist Medical Center. Call 601-948-6262 or 1-800-948-6262.

See all Baptist's Healthy Life Screening Programs

FAQs About Low Dose CT Screenings (LDCT) 

What is the goal of LDCT lung screening?

The goal of LDCT lung screening is to save lives. Without LDCT lung screening, lung cancer is usually not found until a person develops symptoms. At that time, the cancer is much harder to treat.

I am in the high-risk group but have been diagnosed with cancer in the past. Is LDCT lung screening appropriate for me?

It depends. In some cases, LDCT lung screening will not be appropriate, such as when your doctor is already following your cancer with CT scans. Ask your doctor to help determine if LDCT lung screening is right for you.

How effective is LDCT lung screening at preventing death from lung cancer?

Studies have shown that LDCT lung screening can lower the risk of death from lung cancer by 20% in people who are at high risk.

How is the screening performed?

LDCT lung screening is one of the easiest screening exams you can have. No medications are given, and no needles are used. You can eat before and after the exam. During the screening, a radiological technician will perform a low dose CT scan of your chest. You will lie still on a table that the technician will advance to the appropriate position inside the CT scanner. A CT scanner is a computerized x-ray system that generates 3-D images of the inside of an object. The screening process takes approximately 15 minutes.

Are there any risks to LDCT lung screening?

There are several risks and limitations of LDCT lung screening:

  • Radiation exposure: LDCT lung screening uses radiation to create images of your lung. Radiation can increase a person’s risk of cancer. By using special techniques, the amount of radiation in LDCT lung screening is small— about the same amount a person would receive from a screening mammogram.
  • False negatives: No test, including LDCT lung screening, is perfect. It is possible that you may have a medical condition, including lung cancer, that is not found during your screening. This is called a false negative.
  • False positives/additional testing: LDCT lung screening very often finds something in the lung that could be cancer but in fact is not. This is called a false positive. False positive tests often cause anxiety. In order to make sure these findings are not cancer, you may need to have more tests. These tests will be performed only if you give us permission.
  • Findings not related to lung cancer: Your LDCT lung screening also captures images of areas of your body next to your lungs. In a small percentage of cases (5%−10%), the CT scan will show an abnormal finding in one of these areas, such as your kidneys, adrenal glands, liver or thyroid. This finding may not be serious; however, you may need to be examined further.

Does Medicare and insurance cover the screening?

Medicare and some insurance plans cover the screening. Any additional testing you may need, based on the results from the screening, will also be billed to your insurance. Most insurance companies will cover the cost of these additional tests. If you do not have insurance, you will need to cover the cost of any testing. Our patient financial counselors can help you understand your payment options.

What can I expect from the results?

About one out of four LDCT lung screenings will find something in the lung that may require additional imaging or evaluation. Most often these findings are lung nodules. Lung nodules are very small collections of tissue in the lung. These nodules are very common, and the vast majority—more than 97%—are not cancer (benign). Most are normal lymph nodes or small areas of scarring from past infections.

Less commonly, lung nodules are cancer. If a small lung nodule is found to be cancer, the cancer can be cured more than 90% of the time. That is the purpose of the screening. To distinguish the large number of benign (noncancerous) nodules from the few nodules that are in fact cancer, we may need to get more images before your next yearly screening. If the nodule has suspicious features (for example, it is large, has an odd shape or grows over time), we will refer you to a specialist for further testing.

When will I get the results?

You will receive the results of your exam within two weeks. If you do not hear from us within two weeks, please call 601-948-6262.

Where can I find help to quit smoking?

The best way to prevent lung cancer is to stop smoking. For help on quitting smoking, please call the Tobacco Quitline MISSISSIPPI at 1-800-784-8669. You can also click here to download our Tobacco Cessation brochure.

If you have already quit smoking, congratulations and keep it up!

For more information or questions, please call 601-948-6262.

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