• Low-dose CT Scans Save Lives.

    Wellmont’s lung nodule program can catch lung disease early.

    For far too many patients in our region, lung cancer is diagnosed at an advanced stage, making treatment difficult or impossible. However, new diagnostic and treatment options Wellmont Health System offers can catch potential lung disease at earlier, more treatable stages.

    Low-dose CT – breakthrough screening technology

    Low-dose CT screening is one of the most important breakthroughs in cancer diagnosis in recent years. With early lung disease intervention, we’re able to give patients better options for treatment – and much better chances of survival.

    Do you qualify for low-dose CT?

    Low-dose CT lung cancer screening is recommended if you're between ages 55-79 and:

    • Have at least a 30-year pack history
      (Pack history is determined by the number of packs patients smoke or smoked a day, multiplied by the number of years they smoked.)
    • Currently smoke or have quit in the last 15 years
    • Do not have signs or symptoms of lung cancer

    If you have lung disease, particularly COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), you should be evaluated by a pulmonologist before seeking low-dose CT.

    Why choose Wellmont’s lung screening program?

    To ensure lung cancer is detected early and you are well cared-for throughout treatment and recovery, Wellmont’s lung nodule program offers many benefits:

    • Immediate assessment, diagnosis and recommendations
    • Patient education and support – before, during and after diagnosis
    • State-of-the-art diagnostics, including low-dose CT and electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy for early detection
    • A team approach to care featuring providers across several medical fi elds: pulmonologists, radiologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, thoraci surgeons and lung navigators
    • Breakthrough radiation oncology technology, such as CyberKnife, TrueBeam and Trilogy robotic radiosurgery systems
    • Ongoing communication with referring providers
    • Smoking cessation assistance

    Where is low-dose CT available?

    Low-dose CT screenings are offered at several Wellmont locations, so you won't have to travel far early intervention.

    Screenings are available at the following locations:

    • Holston Valley Medical Center
    • Bristol Regional Medical Center
    • Hawkins County Memorial Hospital
    • Mountain View Regional Medical Center
    • Wellmont Medical Associates in Abingdon

    Should I get a low-dose CT scan?

    That's a question you should discuss with your doctor, especially if you have the risk factors above. Low-dose CT screenings require referral from a physician.

    Insurance companies, including Medicare, cover low-dose CT screenings as a preventive service free of charge.

    I don't have insurance. What should I do?

    Wellmont is committed to giving everyone the best opportunity possible to fight cancer. This means we're increasing access to this life-saving screening for everyone in our region who needs it – regardless of the ability to pay.

    If you don't have insurance, you can still receive a screening for $50, due at the time of service and payable by cash, credit card or check.

  • How do I get started?

    If you're looking for more information or have questions about Wellmont's lung nodule program, please give us a call today: 1-844-4UR-LUNG (487-5864).

  • Contact Wellmont Lung Cancer Nodule Program

    Call the Wellmont Lung Nodule Program today.

    To learn more about how you can take on lung cancer, call 1-844-487-5864.

  • Dr. Ibrahim Nakhoul, oncologist

    What do you need to know about lung cancer?

    Lung cancer is the cancer we see most often at the Wellmont Cancer Institute. Passionate about reversing this trend, Dr. Ibrahim Nakhoul encourages you to read this information from our health library about its causes, treatment and more.