Lung Cancer Screening

A Computed Tomography Scanner or CT Scanner uses digital geometry processing to generate a three-dimensional (3-D) image of the inside of an object. The 3-D image is made after many two-dimensional (2-D) X-ray images are taken around a single axis of rotation - in other words, many pictures of the same area are taken from many angles and then placed together to produce a 3-D image.  CT scanners have now been proven effective as a screening for lung cancer.

The test has not been proven effective for patients with a low risk of lung cancer so before your screening is scheduled, you’ll be asked the following questions to determine if the test is right for you.   If you have answered yes to one or more of these questions you may be considered a candidate for a Lung Cancer CT Scan.

Call us, the UofL Physicians pulmonologists at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, today for more information at 502-562-HOPE (4673). 

Are you a current or former heavy smoker between the ages of 55 and 74?

On average did you smoke one pack or more per day for 30 years?

On average did you smoke 2 packs or more per day for 15 years?

Did you quit smoking less than 15 years ago?

Have you had a chest CT in the last two  years or do you have known pulmonary nodules?

Have you ever been diagnosed with any malignancy?


Are you age 50 to 74?

Have you smoked tobacco for 20 years? AND

Do you have one or more of the following risk factors:

Been exposed to radon, silica, cadmium, asbestos, arsenic, beryllium, chromium, diesel fumes or nickel, or

A personal history of cancer, or

COPD or pulmonary fibrosis, or

A family history of lung cancer?