In 2011, the New England Journal of Medicine published findings confirming that low-dose CT of the chest is an effective early detection screening for lung cancer for high risk patients.
The James Graham Brown Cancer Center CT scanner for lung cancer screening requires a fraction of the radiation dose that other systems require and provides imaging of the tiniest details in a complete scan of the entire chest region in just 0.6 seconds.
Our Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening meets the Lung Cancer Alliance National Framework for Excellence in Lung Cancer Screening and Continuum of Care. In fact, the James Graham Brown Cancer Center was the first in Kentucky to receive this recognition from the Lung Cancer Alliance.
Dr. Tanya Wiese, interventional pulmonologist, explains the lung cancer screening program:
Is A CT screening right for you?
Lung Health Check List
1. Are you a current or former heavy smoker between the ages of 55 and 74?
If Yes, go to Section 1. If No, skip to Section 2.
- On average did you smoke one pack per day for 30 years or 2 packs per day for 15 years?
- Has it been less than 15 years since you stopped smoking?
- Has it been more than one year since your last chest CT?
*If you answered “yes” to ALL of the above, you are encouraged to schedule a Low-Dose CT Screening for lung cancer. Talk to your primary care physician then call 502-562-HOPE(4673) to schedule your screening.
- Are you 50 years of age or older and smoked tobacco for 20 years? (If Yes, continue)
- Have you been exposed to radon, silica, cadmium, asbestos, arsenic, beryllium, chromium, diesel fumes
- or nickel?
- Do you have a personal history of cancer?
- Do you have COPD or pulmonary fibrosis?
- Do you have a family history of lung cancer?
If you answered “yes” to ANY of the above, we’d like to discuss whether a Low-Dose CT Screening may be appropriate for you. Call 502-562-HOPE(4673) for more information.
The screening, which is not yet covered by most insurance plans, is $185, which includes the reading and report.
(If you do not have a primary care physician, the team at the JGBCC can assist in setting up an appointment with a pulmonary physician that can evaluate you and assist in getting the test.)
If a nodule is found, the expert physicians at the University of Louisville Lung Nodule Clinic have advanced diagnostic capabilities. If the nodule is found not to be malignant, patients benefit from the clinic’s highly advanced therapies.
For cancerous nodules, the Lung Cancer Multidisciplinary Team offers the most advanced treatments options available throughout the Louisville area.