Lung Cancer Screening

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Covenant Health offers low dose CT scans as a diagnostic for lung cancer screening. Low dose CT scans use lower amounts of radiation than standard chest CT imaging and creates detailed images of your chest and lungs to help detect cancer.

We offer low dose CT scans for lung cancer at the following hospitals:

Lung Cancer Screening Criteria

Low dose CT scans are recommended for individuals who:

  • Are between the ages of 55-75 and have smoked one pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years;
  • Have past cancers of emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis, or a family history of lung cancer; and,
  • Have been exposed to substances such as asbestos, beryllium, chromium, diesel fumes,  nickel, silica, and arsenic.
  • Your physician must write an order for you to be screened.
Physician examines CT scan on computer screen.
Physician uses technology to operate CT scan for lung cancer patient.

What to Expect

  • The screening is painless and takes about ten seconds.
  • This procedure is non-invasive and requires no medication.
  • You will lie still on a table as it passes through the center of the CT Scanner.
  • You may be asked to hold your breath one or more times during the scan.
  • You can eat and drink as normal before and after the exam.


Cumberland Medical Center
Fort Loudoun Medical Center
Fort Sanders Diagnostic Center
Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center
Fort Sanders West
LeConte Medical Center
Methodist Medical Center
Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System
Roane Medical Center

Risk Factors

Some of the risk factors for lung cancer include smoking tobacco, breathing in secondhand smoke, and exposure to radon, asbestos, or other harsh chemicals. People who have a family history of lung cancer may also be at risk for developing the disease. To find out if you are at risk, take our lung cancer risk assessment

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Talk with your doctor about whether a low-dose CT scan is right for you!