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Lung Screenings at Johnson City Medical Center


With one in four cancer deaths caused by lung cancer, early detection is critical.

The only recommended screening test for lung cancer is a low-dose computed tomography or CT scan.* The test is noninvasive, pain free and potentially lifesaving. To help those at high risk for this deadly disease, it is available at Johnson City Medical Center and other Ballad Health locations.

If you or a loved one meets all of the high-risk criteria, please call 423-431-1709 or 1-800-659-6762 for more information and to schedule your screening.​

High-risk Criteria

  • History of heavy smoking (one pack a day for 30 years/two packs a day for 15 years
  • Are either still smoking or quit within the last 15 years
  • Are between 55-77 years old
  • Have a primary care provider**

What if the screening finds something?

Even if a screening finds a nodule (abnormality) it doesn’t mean you have cancer. Most lung nodules seen on a CT are not cancer.*** Depending on the size, shape, and location of the nodule, your physician may order further tests. These could include: a follow up CT to determine if the nodule is growing over time, a PET scan or a bronchoscopy. Your physician will discuss these options with you at your follow up appointment.

*Recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
** Tennessee requires a physician referral
***American Cancer Society