Low-dose CT chest scan available at Mercy Hospital Springfield.
CT scans have been proven to be three (3) times more effective in detecting lung cancer than a standard chest X-ray.
This procedure is recommended for Smokers and Former smokers. If the criteria bulleted below is met, a low-dose CT scan is eligible at 100% under the preventative benefit under the University medical plans.
- Age 50-77
- Current smoker or one who has quit within the last 15 years
- In generally good health
- No signs, symptoms, or a personal history of lung cancer
- Tobacco smoking history of at least 20 pack-years (one pack-year = smoking one pack per day for one year; on pack= 20 cigarettes).
Quick and painless. A low-does CT scan uses multiple X-ray images of the chest that can detect tiny tumors. There are no needles or injections. Patients simply lie – for about 30 seconds- on a table that slides into the center of the scanner.
Make an appointment today. Call to see if you qualify: 417-820-5864. With Mercy’s help, this easy safeguard can protect your health and potentially save your life.
For information on how to quit smoking:
Mercy: 417-820-9459 or toll-free 888-242-6538
Magers Employee Wellness: Tobacco Cessation Program. 417-836-4045. Jerilynreed@missouristate.edu or the tobacco cessation line 1-800-Quitnow.
Get paid to take care of your health? Employees and covered dependents, enrolled in the critical illness insurance coverage are eligible to receive a $100 wellness reimbursement for covered wellness/preventative care related activities, including Chest X-ray. Critical illness coverage provides a lump sum benefit should you be diagnosed with a covered illness, including cancer. Critical illness policy may only be added during open enrollment (November 1- December 1).