Lung Cancer Screening & Diagnosis

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in America, but now there's more hope. Screening detects lung cancer early, when it’s more curable.

The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute team screens lung cancer with a low-dose CT scan that uses X-rays, or radiation, to create detailed pictures of your body. Screening won't prevent cancer and it may not find all lung cancers, but research shows that if people at higher risk are screened every year, they're less likely to die from lung cancer.


Who Needs Screening?

Most insurance companies will cover the cost of lung cancer screening. You should get an annual lung cancer screening if you are 50 to 80 years old:

  • And have a smoking history of at least 20 pack years.
  • And you still smoke, or you quit within the last 15 years.
  • And you are in good overall health overall. Having a serious health problem might mean you couldn't receive treatment for lung cancer. The treatment could be risky and might not help you live longer.


What Is a Pack Year?

To figure out your pack years, multiply how many packs of cigarettes (20 cigarettes per pack) you smoke each day by how many years you have smoked.  

For example:

  • If you smoked one pack a day for 15 years, that's one times 15 for a smoking history of 15 pack years.
  • If you smoked 1.5 packs a day for 20 years, that's 1.5 times 20 for a smoking history of 30 pack years.
  • If you smoked two packs a day for 15 years, that's two times 15 for a smoking history of 30 pack years.

The Cancer Institute’s extensive outreach program connects underserved populations with needed screening for various types of cancer, including lung. The program offers eligible people free screening at Hartford HealthCare hospitals.

For more information, call 860.972.3018.


What to Expect During Lung Cancer Screening

If you meet the high-risk criteria, your doctor will talk with you about lung cancer screening. If you are eligible and would like to be screened, your doctor will refer you for a low-dose CT (LDCT) scan.

The screening center staff tells you how to prepare for your scan. Be sure to mention if you have a respiratory infection, as it might affect the scan results. When you arrive, remove any metal such as jewelry or a watch.

The scan itself is painless and takes less than a minute. You recline on the scanner table and must stay as still as possible as it slides in and out of the scanner. You may be asked to hold your breath.

Your doctor will contact you with the results.


Meet our Lung Cancer Screening Specialists:

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Alekshun, Todd Joseph, MD Alekshun, Todd Joseph, MD 860.972.4183
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Medical Oncology
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  • Avon
  • Tolland
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Alsamarai, Susan, MD Alsamarai, Susan, MD
4.9 /5
213 surveys
203.238.7747
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Meriden
Aujla, Amandeep, MD Aujla, Amandeep, MD
4.9 /5
31 surveys
860.456.5330
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Medical Oncology
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  • Willimantic
  • Norwich
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Bertsch, Helaine Fannie, MD Bertsch, Helaine Fannie, MD 860.972.2803
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Hartford
Blakaj, Adriana, MD, PhD Blakaj, Adriana, MD, PhD 860.972.2803
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Hartford
Bundy, Robert Joseph, MD Bundy, Robert Joseph, MD
5.0 /5
110 surveys
860.456.7279
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Sleep Medicine
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  • Willimantic
Byeff, Peter David, MD Byeff, Peter David, MD
4.9 /5
261 surveys
860.621.9316
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Southington
  • Bristol
  • New Britain
  • Plainville
  • Southington
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Cannan, Catherine Joanna, APRN, NP-C Cannan, Catherine Joanna, APRN, NP-C
4.9 /5
104 surveys
860.224.4408
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Plainville
  • New Britain
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Chaudhary, Ahmed Aziz, MD 860.545.2803
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Norwich
Chu, Benjamin, MD Chu, Benjamin, MD
4.8 /5
128 surveys
860.249.6291
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Avon
  • Hartford
  • Willimantic
  • Willimantic
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Dhanjal, Sandhya A., MD Dhanjal, Sandhya A., MD 203.255.4545
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Bridgeport
  • Fairfield
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Dowsett, Robert James, MD Dowsett, Robert James, MD 860.545.2803
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
Fumo, Gerard, DO Fumo, Gerard, DO
4.9 /5
351 surveys
203.238.7747
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Meriden
Giove, Lawrence M., MD Giove, Lawrence M., MD 860.246.6647
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Wethersfield
Gorusu, Madhavi, MD Gorusu, Madhavi, MD 860.496.6825
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Torrington
Hosmer, Wylie David, MD Hosmer, Wylie David, MD
4.9 /5
261 surveys
860.621.9316
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Southington
  • Bristol
  • New Britain
  • Plainville
  • Southington
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Kachala, Stefan, MD, FACS Kachala, Stefan, MD, FACS
4.9 /5
69 surveys
860.696.4923
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • New Britain
  • Hartford
  • Meriden
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Katigbak, Mario Winn, MD Katigbak, Mario Winn, MD
4.9 /5
175 surveys
860.696.4306
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Hartford
  • Bloomfield
  • Manchester
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Khan, Anwar Mangey, MD Khan, Anwar Mangey, MD 860.224.5011
  • Radiation Oncology
  • New Britain
Kim, Susan Y., MD Kim, Susan Y., MD 860.545.2803
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Hartford
  • Norwich
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Leopold, Kenneth Albert, MD Leopold, Kenneth Albert, MD 860.972.2803
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Hartford
McArdle, John Raymond, MD McArdle, John Raymond, MD 860.547.1876
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Glastonbury
  • Wethersfield
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Nadkarni, Rajani P., MD Nadkarni, Rajani P., MD
5.0 /5
279 surveys
203.238.7747
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Meriden
Olugbile, Sope, MD Olugbile, Sope, MD
4.8 /5
206 surveys
860.249.6291
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Hartford
  • Willimantic
  • Willimantic
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Parikh, Raj, MD, MPH Parikh, Raj, MD, MPH 860.524.4550
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Hartford
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Perkins, Michael Edward, MD Perkins, Michael Edward, MD 860.524.4550
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Enfield
  • Colchester
  • Vernon
  • Wallingford
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Pope, James S., MD Pope, James S., MD
4.9 /5
71 surveys
860.524.4550
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Tolland
  • Willimantic
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Popli, Pallvi, MD Popli, Pallvi, MD 860.972.4183
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Willimantic
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Russomanno, John Herman, MD Russomanno, John Herman, MD 860.246.6647
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Bloomfield
  • Enfield
  • New Britain
  • Wethersfield
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Rutter, Charles E., MD Rutter, Charles E., MD 860.972.2803
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Hartford
Shah, Tejal Parth P., MD Shah, Tejal Parth P., MD 860.827.2710
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • New Britain
Sharma, Vipra, MD, MPH Sharma, Vipra, MD, MPH 203.382.0630
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Bridgeport
Shore, Eric Thomas, MD Shore, Eric Thomas, MD 860.246.6647
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Bloomfield
Zuniga Aguilar, Kristi, PA-C Zuniga Aguilar, Kristi, PA-C
4.9 /5
53 surveys
860.696.4923
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • New Britain
  • Hartford
  • Meriden
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