Parkridge Health System Offers Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Parkridge Medical Center and Parkridge East Hospital now offer a $50 low-dose computed tomography (CT) lung screening recommended by the American Cancer Society for older smokers, a population that is especially at risk for developing lung cancer.

A low-dose CT scan of the chest provides a high-resolution picture of the lungs, allowing detection of abnormal spots known as “nodules” within the lungs that are usually too small to be seen on a traditional chest x-ray. The American Cancer Society recommends this low-dose CT lung screening for men and women who:

-        Are between 55 to 74 years of age

-        Regularly smoke or who have quit smoking within the last 15 years

-        Are in fairly good health

“This type of screening can discover lung cancers when they are smaller and potentially curable,” radiologist Chip Kyle, MD, explains. “Lung cancer is especially deadly - and the likelihood of survival drops significantly - once the cancer has spread beyond the lung, so it’s very important to catch it early whenever possible.”

The screening, which requires a physician’s order, is brief and painless. “The screening itself takes about 10 seconds – a patient lies in the CT machine, breathes in and holds the breath for a moment, and that’s it,” Dr. Kyle explains. Results are sent to the patient’s physician, who will discuss them with the patient. If needed, a nurse navigator will follow up to offer support, explain next steps, and coordinate any necessary appointments.

Further treatment, if needed, is customized for each patient’s condition, explains pulmonologist Seong-Joo Jeong, MD. “Some situations may require ‘watchful waiting’ with regular checkups, others may require a biopsy to take a sample of suspicious-looking lung tissue, and others may require surgery to remove disease.”

“This is a very helpful, valuable screening that can save lives, and I hope older smokers in our community take the time to get a low-dose CT lung screening.”

For more information about the low-dose CT lung screening, call MedLine at 800 242-5662.


Senate Health Committee To Hold Zika Hearing On Feb. 24 At 10 A.M.

Chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) announced Thursday the Senate committee overseeing public health policy will hold a hearing on the Zika virus on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m. Chairman Alexander said: “Americans have many questions about the Zika virus, as we have watched news of its spread through Central and South America, as well as ... (click for more)

Dade County And The Arts - Dancing With Breast Cancer

In 2006, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had bi-lateral mastectomies. Now, almost 10 years later, I look back at how dance and art transformed my life-challenging situation into beauty. With the help and support of my friend and artist Mary Petruska, I decided not to do reconstruction. From a beautiful drawing of wild passion flowers by Mary, we went to tattoo artist Skip ... (click for more)

Cleveland School Board Votes 5-2 To Terminate School Director Ringstaff Over Twitter Messages

The Cleveland School Board on Friday fired Dr. Martin Ringstaff, director of schools, for sending sexually explicit messages to an anonymous woman a year ago.  His termination is effective immediately and does not include severance pay.  The school board called an emergency meeting after Dr. Ringstaff, who is married, admitted to sending explicit messages to ... (click for more)

History Center Not Giving Out Any More Information On Past Spending Details, Current Status, At This Time

The president of the Chattanooga History Center, which has halted plans for a world class history museum near the Aquarium after raising over $10 million, said no other information will be provided at this time. Chattanoogan.com had sought details about prior spending and the salary of former executive director Daryl Black as well as the center's current status. Jo Coke said, ... (click for more)

A Missing Link In Chattanooga's Crime Prevention Program

I would like to begin by introducing myself. I grew up in Chattanooga and I love this city. As a child, the space program and lunar landings were in full swing. I dreamed of a progressive city. I grew up reading books about space, travel, and superheroes at the Bicentennial Library.  I am the only son of a local pastor and businessman. When I graduated from East Ridge High ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The School’s Search Begins

Jonathan Welch, the chairman of the Hamilton County School Board, had no idea he would be giving himself a well-deserved treat some months ago when he promised his son they would go on a mission trip together. This week has to be the first time his phone hasn’t blinked overload since a December tragedy triggered a tsunami and repeated shock waves that crashed the Hamilton County ... (click for more)