Nirmal Veeramachaneni, a thoracic surgeon at the University of Kansas Hospital, goes over Bettye Givens’ lung scans. Givens, from south Kansas City, had a low-dose CT scan that detected her lung cancer at its earliest stage and was successfully treated. Other smokers don’t have access to the test because not all doctors know about it and Medicare only covers it for health centers that meet stringent requirements. Andy Marso amarso@kcstar.com
Nirmal Veeramachaneni, a thoracic surgeon at the University of Kansas Hospital, goes over Bettye Givens’ lung scans. Givens, from south Kansas City, had a low-dose CT scan that detected her lung cancer at its earliest stage and was successfully treated. Other smokers don’t have access to the test because not all doctors know about it and Medicare only covers it for health centers that meet stringent requirements. Andy Marso amarso@kcstar.com

There’s a life-saving lung scan for smokers. So why are so few of them getting it?

September 07, 2017 05:35 PM

UPDATED September 07, 2017 05:35 PM