Designated Lung Cancer Screening Center
Lung cancer screening uses a low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan to detect lung cancer when the disease is in its earliest stages and most likely to respond to treatment. The test is recommended for older adults who meet certain criteria and are not experiencing any lung cancer symptoms.
The Department of Radiology at Penn State Health is an American College of Radiology-designated lung cancer screening clinic. Screening requires an order from your doctor. We also offer smoking cessation advice and management services at Penn State Health.
Symptoms, Diagnosis and Outlook
Lung cancer screening is done before symptoms develop. To be eligible for screening, you need to meet the following criteria:
- Are age 50 to 80 and generally in good health
- Currently smoke or quit within the last 15 years
- Have a history of heavy smoking for 20 or more pack/years, which means a pack a day for 30 years, two packs a day for 15 years, etc.
- Participated in a conversation with your referring provider about the risks and benefits of screening
If your screening detects any abnormalities, you may need additional testing to determine whether you have lung cancer and, if so, how far the disease has spread. If caught in its earliest stages, lung cancer treatment can be effective and help you achieve remission.
Meet the Team
Why Choose Penn State Health for Care
Advanced Thoracic Radiology Services
If your lung cancer screening reveals a health concern, the thoracic radiologists at Penn State Health have advanced expertise in providing a wide range of diagnostic services for conditions that affect your chest and lungs.
- Multidisciplinary evaluation of thoracic malignancy through weekly conferences that allow us to closely examine all new and ongoing cancer cases to determine the best care options
- Diagnosis and leading-edge therapies at the Center for Interstitial Lung Disease for patients whose lungs show progressive scarring
- Diagnostic biopsy and therapeutic intervention for complex thoracic diseases
- The only percutaneous ablative therapy for lung cancer in central Pennsylvania for patients who are not eligible for surgery or radiotherapy
- Expert interpretation for suspected occupational diseases of the chest
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