Lung Screening CT

At Washington Radiology, we use innovative CT techniques to help our patients maintain optimal lung health. Lung screening CT is a far superior screening tool compared to traditional chest X-rays for monitoring lung health in people with a history of smoking and is now the standard of care. It is a noninvasive, painless procedure that uses low-dose X-rays to quickly screen the lungs for cancer, allowing the radiologist to look at different slices of the lungs. By detecting small tumors in an early stage with lung screening CT, patients can be treated with promising survival rates and before cancer spreads to other parts of the body.

Our medical team is led by board-certified radiologists who have specialized training in lung screening CT. We provide a warm, caring environment to help ensure your comfort during the exam.


With the advanced capability of CT technology, the high resolution images obtained during this exam help our radiologists identify smaller tumors, which may lead to earlier detection, diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer. This low-dose exam does not require a contrast agent and has a quick scan time with a short breath-hold.

Washington Radiology offers lung screening CT to patients who are current or former smokers within the past 15 years, are between the ages of 50 and 80 and have no history of significant lung issues. Candidates for the exam must have a smoking history of at least 20 pack-years (one pack a day for 20 years or two packs a day for 10 years).

Washington Radiology performs lung screening CT by order of a referring physician. Please consult with your primary care provider if you have questions about this exam. To schedule an appointment, call our call center at 703-280-9800 or request an appointment online.

Check with your insurance plan before scheduling the exam. Washington Radiology recognizes the importance of maintaining lung health through exams like lung screening CT for patients who meet the clinical indications. To increase access to this life-saving exam, we offer special pricing in which the maximum out-of-pocket cost a patient at Washington Radiology will pay for lung screening CT is $195.

Preparing for Your Exam

Patient peace of mind starts with the right preparation. In addition to the written order from your physician, please bring any prior images or reports from outside Washington Radiology with you to your appointment, if related to the reason for your visit with us.

The Lung Screening CT scan takes just a few minutes and there is no contrast agent or patient preparation. 

If you have questions about the exam, contact the Washington Radiology office where your exam is scheduled and ask to speak with the nurse.

Our Locations


Chevy Chase, MD


4445 Willard Avenue
Suite 200
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Washington, DC


2141 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037

Sterling, VA


21351 Ridgetop Circle
Sterling, VA 20166

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