Radiologists at CHI St. Luke’s Health have developed protocols that employees the lowest possible dose of radiation to screen for lung cancer. A low-dose CT scan, which is easy, comfortable, and quick, is recommended for any patient with a significant history of smoking.
Suspicious findings from the scan are reviewed by a team of specialists—medical oncologists, pulmonologists, radiologists, and radiation oncologists—that recommends next steps to the patient’s referring physician. Additional evaluation of suspicious findings may involve a biopsy of the abnormality and/or additional imaging. Patients may be referred to Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, where physicians use the electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy, a minimally invasive procedure to perform a biopsy that poses significantly less risk than traditional methods.