Lung Cancer Screening

Early detection of cancer increases the likelihood of positive long-term outcomes. Providence strives to empower you to take control of your respiratory health. Undergoing a lung cancer screening can help detect early-stage lung cancer, even if symptoms aren’t apparent.

A lung cancer screening is a test that detects lung cancer in people who show no symptoms of the disease. Often, symptoms of cancer don’t appear until the disease has already spread. A lung cancer screening is used as a preventive measure to ensure peace of mind and better chances of survival for those who develop cancer symptoms.

During the screening, you undergo a low-dose computed tomography scan (CT scan). The CT scan is a type of X-ray used to image the current state of the lungs. It takes less than a minute and is designed to look for signs of lung cancer even before symptoms are present.

We follow the best practices for quality, radiation dose and diagnostic procedures as developed by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Because a low-dose CT scan involves a lower amount of radiation exposure than a traditional CT scan, it is a proven and safe way to screen for lung cancer. Still, some complications may occur. This includes possible false-positive results and overdiagnosis. Despite the CT scan being low-dose, the procedure still involves slight exposure to radiation.

In order to prevent false positives and over diagnosis, your screening team consists of thoracic radiologists, pulmonologists, surgeons, pathologists, critical care nurse specialists and highly skilled technicians. Together, they diagnose collaboratively to determine the best course of treatment to help you heal quickly and get back to enjoying life.

In the event that you receive a diagnosis, we refer you to one of our specialized lung (thoracic) surgeons. We can also refer you medical oncologists and radiation oncologists who specialize in lung cancer. Our mission is to ensure your long-term health, no matter your diagnosis or condition.