Lung Cancer Screening Program

Screening can detect early lung cancer in at-risk patients, when the disease is potentially more treatable and curable.


  • Offers the earliest detection options
  • Allows for the most comprehensive treatment plans
  • Shown to reduce lung cancer deaths by as much as 20%
  • Employs low-dose protocols to greatly reduce radiation exposure
  • UCSF is a pioneer in the field
  • Quick & painless procedure

Optimal Candidates

  • If you currently smoke or quit smoking less than 15 years ago;
  • and you are 55–77 years old

About the Procedure

What is the procedure like?

The CT lung cancer screening process is a completely painless procedure. 

You will start by checking in with the front desk and will be asked to fill out standard paperwork.  

A technologist will then take you to a dressing room/waiting area in the back.  If your clothing contains metal, you may be asked to wear a gown.  

The tech will then take you to the CT scanner, where they will position you with arms overhead. The table will slowly move in and out of the scanner opening as it takes images.  During this process, the machine will alert you to either hold your breath for a 4-8 second period or breathe normally.   This is a short procedure.   

Ordering Instructions for Referrals

All orders start with a fax to 415-353-7299. Once the fax has been sent to UCSF, follow up with a phone call to schedule the appointment at 415-353-2573. This can be done by either the patient or the provider. We look forward to hearing from you!

Billing and Insurance

Our Billing and Insurance team is looking forward to answering your questions. Please contact them at 415-514-8888.

How do I prepare

There is no preparation necessary. 

How do I follow up

Please contact your ordering physician. 

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