Lung Cancer Screening

Fremont Health’s lung cancer screening program aims to diagnose the disease in its earliest possible stage, utilizing low-dose Computerized Tomography (CT) lung cancer screenings for high-risk patients. When diagnosed early, more than 90% of lung cancers can be cured with prompt intervention.

About Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among both men and women – responsible for more deaths each year than breast, colon and prostate cancer combined. Tobacco use still accounts for 87 percent of lung cancer deaths in the United States. In its early stages, there may be no symptoms, consequently, lung cancer is often diagnosed in the late stages of the disease.

  • The incidence rate of lung cancer in Dodge County is 77 (per 100,000), compared to just 60 in the state as a whole, and 64.9 in the United States.
  • In Fremont, 47% of patients with Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (the most common type) are diagnosed when the cancer is already stage IV (the cancer has already spread to other places). The national average is much lower at 36%.
  • In Fremont, 72% of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer is diagnosed when it is stage III or IV. The national average is only 59% being diagnosed in these late stages.

Low-Dose CT Lung Screening

A Computerized Tomography (CT) lung scan is an efficient and painless exam. It combines special X-ray equipment with sophisticated computers to produce multiple images of your lungs, taken from different angles.

Cost and Insurance Coverage

Low-dose CT lung screenings are covered by Medicare and Medicaid and, in most cases, is covered by private health insurance companies. Patients receive a voucher for a free tobacco cessation class.

Who Should Be Tested?

Lung cancer screenings (performed annually for three consecutive years) with low-dose CT is recommended for individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • current smoker or have stopped smoking within the past 15 years
  • between the ages of 55 and 77
  • smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (this means 1 pack a day for 30 years, 2 packs a day for 15 years, etc.)

How To Schedule a Screening

A physician order is required for this screening. Test results will be sent to the ordering physician, who will coordinate any necessary follow-up. The patient will receive a letter indicating their results have been sent to their provider.


To schedule a low-dose CT lung scan for your patient:
Fremont Health Medical Center Scheduling


Talk to your healthcare provider about your lung cancer risk and whether this screening is recommended for you. A physician order required.

For more information, contact:
Stacey Ernesti, Director of Imaging Services
402-727-3785 or

Screenings are not intended as a substitute for regular medical exams.