Lung Health Centers

The CHI Health Lung Health Center is designed to detect lung cancer and other non-cancer lung conditions at their earliest stages and help patients access life-saving care as quickly as possible.

Lung Cancer Screening

The Lung Health Center offers cancer screenings for patients who have had an abnormal chest scan or suspicious lesion, and for those who have been previously diagnosed with lung cancer and require routine observation. The screening is performed using low dose computed tomography (LDCT), which uses a small dose of radiation to produce numerous X-ray like pictures to create a high-definition image of the lung. This procedure is simple and non-invasive.

At the Lung Health Center, you’re screened, have a confirmed diagnosis within 48 hours and begin treatment faster. Time is critical; immediate treatment decreases the potential for spread of the lung cancer.

Lung Screening Eligibility

  • Aged 55-77 - Coverage may vary based on your insurance
  • Current smoker or former smoker who has quit
    in the last 15 years and
  • Smoking history of at least 30 “pack years” 
    The American Cancer Society defines 30 pack years as:
    • One pack per day for 30 years
    • Two packs per day for 15 years
    • Three packs per day for 10 years

If you are at high risk, please call your primary care doctor

Diagnosing Lung Cancer

The Lung Health Center utilizes two state-of-the-art technologies to detect and diagnose lung cancer and non-cancer lung conditions:

  • Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)
    EBUS technology allows for viewing and biopsying the regions of the lungs and mediastinum that have traditionally required more invasive surgical procedures to evaluate. This tool is specifically designed for evaluating and biopsying central lymph nodes and lesions near the airway within the lungs.

  • Super Dimension Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy® (ENB)
    Super Dimension is designed to extend the reach of the conventional bronchoscope, this technology enables pulmonary physicians to make early diagnoses of benign and malignant lung lesions, enhancing treatment options and avoiding the need for higher risk procedures.

Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS)

VATS is a minimally-invasive technique --video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery -- that is used to diagnose and treat lung (and other chest) problems. VATS is performed with a small video scope and special instruments to minimize trauma. Three small (about one-inch) incisions are made, compared to the long six- to eight-inch incision made during the traditional surgery. The scope transmits images of the operative area onto a computer monitor for the surgeon to see.

Patient outcomes are just as good as with the older, more invasive method, but with VATS patients benefit from:

  • Less pain after surgery due to smaller incisions
  • A better chance of breathing normally
  • A shorter hospital stay (three or four days)
  • Faster recovery time
  • Quicker return to daily activities

Lung Cancer Treatment

Once a diagnosis is made and disease stage is determined, each patient's condition is presented at a weekly multidisciplinary conference where medical and radiation oncologists, thoracic surgeons, and pulmonologists discuss the most advanced individual treatment options for the patient. Thereafter, the Lung Center will work in collaboration with the patients’ primary care provider and oncologist to coordinate and determine the best plan of care.