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Targeted Lung Health Check FAQs

Frequently asked questions

Please view a list of frequently asked questions related to Targeted Lung Health Checks.

Why are lung health checks only available to people who have smoked?

People with a history of smoking are at a higher risk of lung disease or lung cancer than people who have never smoked. However, anyone can get lung cancer so if you have any concerns or are experiencing symptoms, contact your GP.

I’m not 55-74.  Can I have a lung health check?

The Targeted Lung Health Check is currently being offered to those most at risk of developing lung disease. Data shows those between the ages of 55 and 74 who currently or previously smoked are at the highest risk.

If you are not eligible for a check but display any symptoms or have any concerns about your lung health, you should book an appointment to see your GP straight away.

How long will each appointment take?

Your telephone appointment can take between 20 and 25 minutes. If you are referred on to receive a CT scan, the scan can take between 5 and 10 minutes.

Who will carry out my Lung Health Check?

Your Lung Health Check will be carried out by a Specialist Lung Nurse

Will I have a CT Scan?

You will only have an ultra-low dose CT scan if the findings from the Lung Health Check assessment, completed by the nurse, find you are at higher risk and would benefit from a CT scan.

Please do not be concerned as only a small number of people who have a scan require any further investigation.

What should I wear to my scan?

Wear something comfortable and without metal in (for example, joggers, leggings, and a t-shirt). Anything between your neck and your pelvis that contains metal would need to be removed. This includes belts, metal buttons, watches, necklaces, piercings, and other jewellery.

Why do you need to take my height and weight again at my scan when I gave it to you in my telephone appointment?

We take your height and weight measurements again to ensure that we can accurately calculate your BMI (body mass index). Differences in BMI can affect the risk scores used when calculating the risk of an individual having underlying lung disease.

I’ve had other CT scans performed recently on other areas of my body. I’m afraid of being over-radiated.

A CT scan uses ionising radiation (x-rays) to produce very detailed images. Everyone receives some ionising radiation every day from radioactivity in the air and the food that we eat. Your age, size and the reason for your scan will help to decide how much radiation is used and our radiology team are specially trained to take the best possible images using the lowest amount of radiation practicable. Our equipment is regularly serviced and checked to make sure that the test is safe and effective.

How long will I have to wait for the results?

We will aim to send your results to you within 4 weeks.