Augusta Health, through grant program, offering Low Dose CT Screening
Since Augusta Health began LDCT in 2014, it has performed 1,984 exams and detected 47 lung cancers. This translates to a rate of 38 cancers detected per 1000 patients screened (3.8%) or three times the anticipated results.
LDCT has also shifted diagnoses from occurring at Stage 3 or Stage 4 to Stage 1 in our community.
LDCT has some fairly stringent criteria for insurance coverage. Augusta Health has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the American Cancer Society, matched with an additional $10,000 from Augusta Health Foundation, to improve lung cancer outcomes.
Under the grant, different criteria have been established that will include a greater number of patients. Cost to the patient will only be $70 with the grant covering the remainder of the bill. This will allow for 100 LDCT screenings.
The screenings must be completed by June 30.