Lung Cancer Screening

A comprehensive lung cancer screening exam at Rush can find the disease at an early stage, when it's more likely to be curable.

A comprehensive lung cancer screening exam at Rush can find the disease at an early stage, when it's more likely to be curable.

A comprehensive lung cancer screening exam at Rush can find the disease at an early stage, when it's more likely to be curable.

Annual lung cancer screenings are important if you are at high risk. Every year, more people die of lung cancer than breast, colon, and prostate cancers combined. In fact, lung cancer screening is as important as getting your regular mammogram or colonoscopy — and research shows that it's even more effective at saving lives than either of those tests.

National Guidelines for Lung Cancer Screening

If you meet all three of the following lung cancer screening criteria, you're considered to be at high risk for lung cancer and eligible for lung cancer screening:

  • You're between the ages of age 50 and 80
  • You're a current smoker or have quit within the last 15 years. (If you're a current smoker, we can help you quit.)
  • You have a "20 pack-year" history of smoking, calculated by multiplying the number of packs smoked per day times the number of years you've smoked. For example: One pack a day for 20 years OR two packs a day for 10 years
  • You have no signs or symptoms of lung cancer, such as a new cough that will not go away or recent unexplained weight loss

If you are not sure if you meet the criteria, talk to your doctor about your smoking history and the benefits and risks of lung cancer screening. If you're a candidate for screening, your doctor can order the test for you.

For additional questions regarding lung cancer screening, help obtaining an order or to schedule your lung screening, please call (312) 947-5864 or fill out our appointment request form.

How Lung Cancer Screening Works at Rush

At Rush, we offer screening for lung cancer with low-dose CT scans, which provides quality images that help detect small lung nodules using less radiation than a standard CT scan.

The noninvasive screening exam requires an order from your primary care doctor. The exam itself is quick and easy, with no prep or downtime required.

During the screening, you'll lie on an exam table that moves through a low-dose CT scanner. The technician performing the test will ask you to hold your breath a couple of times to get the best possible images of your lungs.

That's it: Screening takes only a few minutes. You'll get the results of your screening from your doctor.

If the screening shows that you need further testing or a follow-up visit with a specialist, your doctor will work with you on your next steps, and our lung cancer screening coordinators will help schedule any additional appointments.

Based on your age and smoking history, your lung cancer screening may be covered by your insurance. For those who meet criteria, but fall outside of insurance coverage, Rush offers a self-pay option for $139. Talk to your doctor for more information.

For additional questions regarding lung cancer screening, help obtaining an order or to schedule your lung screening, please call (312) 947-5864 or fill out our appointment request form.

Lung Cancer Screening Providers at Rush

Learn more about lung cancer screening providers at Rush.

Meet our lung cancer screening providers
Meet our lung cancer screening providers

Rush Excellence in Lung Cancer Screening

  • A Screening Center of Excellence: Awarded to Rush University Medical Center, Rush Oak Park Hospital and Rush’s South Loop and Oak Brook locations, this designation from the Go2Foundation for Lung Cancer recognizes Rush's commitment to responsible, high-quality screening practices.
  • Expert care from board-certified radiologists: Our lung imaging specialists have years of experience in reading lung cancer screening results. They also ensure that you get the lowest possible radiation dose during your screening.
  • Catching issues early: Our expertise in identifying early-stage lung cancers means that you'll benefit from minimally invasive treatment options that offer faster recovery, less pain and a quicker return to daily activities. 
  • A team approach: If your screening shows that you need to follow up with a specialist, our screening radiologists work closely with Rush lung cancer specialists. Our medical oncologists, interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists and thoracic surgeons collaborate to create a personal treatment plan for every patient.
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I never would have thought I needed to be screened for lung cancer but I don’t know how my tumor would have been found so early otherwise. I’m thankful for my team and this awesome technology that saved my life and allowed me to be home with my family.

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Lung Cancer Screening Locations

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Chicago

Professional Building

Rush Professional Building

1725 W Harrison St
Professional Building
Chicago, IL 60612

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Rush South Loop exterior

Rush South Loop

1411 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

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Hours:

Mon – Fri: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sat: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (only for MRI)
Sun: Closed
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Oak Park

Rush Medical Office Building

610 S Maple Ave
Rush Medical Office Building
Oak Park, IL 60304

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Oak Brook

Rush Oak Brook exterior

Rush Oak Brook

2011 York Rd
Oak Brook, IL 60523

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Hours:

Mon – Thu: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fri: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sat: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm (Every first and third Saturday; diagnostic imaging and lab hours detailed below)
Sun: Closed
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Naperville

Midwest Center for Advanced Imaging

Midwest Center for Advanced Imaging

4355 Montgomery Rd
Naperville, IL 60564

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Hours:

Mon: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tue – Thu: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Fri: 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sat: 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sun: Closed
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Aurora

Rush Copley Outpatient Center

Rush Copley Outpatient Center

2000 Ogden Ave
Aurora, IL 60504

Appointment (630) 499-2300
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Hours:

Mon – Fri: 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sat: 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sun: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Lab Draw Hours:

Mon – Fri: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat: 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sun: Closed
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Yorkville

Rush Copley Healthcare Center

Rush Copley Healthcare Center

1100 W Veterans Pkwy
Yorkville, IL 60560

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Hours:

Mon – Fri: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sat – Sun: 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
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