Lung Cancer ScreeningBarbara Mantel, NBC News — In a move that could affect millions of current and former smokers, a highly influential, independent panel of medical experts is recommending yearly screening for healthy adults between the ages of 55 and 80 at high risk for lung cancer.

The screening would be done with low-dose computed tomography, commonly known as CT scans — and the panel’s recommendation could require new insurance plans to cover them under the Affordable Care Act.

Diagnostic Imaging Services performs lung cancer screenings at all of our locations. This exam does require a referral order from your physician or health care provider. A lung screening takes less than five minutes, with the actual scan time being approximately five seconds.

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