Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in America with over 150,000 deaths per year. The results of the National Cancer Institute's National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2011, demonstrate a 20 percent reduction in lung cancer deaths in smokers screened with annual low-dose chest CT, as opposed to those receiving annual chest x-rays. As a result of this study, the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommend annual CT screening for current or former heavy smokers.EJGH implemented a CT lung cancer screening program on July 2, 2012. Current and former smokers 55 years of age and older, with a minimum 30 pack-year history of smoking, with no history of lung cancer, are eligible to participate. All scans are performed on state-of-the-art CT scanners, utilizing the latest technology to minimize radiation dose. A doctor's order is necessary to schedule the exam; results will be sent to the patient as well as the ordering physician. For scheduling, please call (504) 885-4223 or (504) 883-6900.