Cancer Services

Low Dose CT Screening for Lung Cancer

New lung cancer screening technology

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the Tri-State, and Deaconess is continually seeking new treatments and technology for fighting this and other cancers.

Early detection is vital for the successful treatment of lung cancer. For example, studies have shown that annual low-dose computed tomography (CT) screenings can reduce lung cancer mortality by 20% and even reduce all-cause mortality by 7%. That’s where Deaconess Oncology’s new low-dose CT screening technology can help.
A multidisciplinary team of doctors reviews each screening.
With this screening, doctors are able to detect lung cancers in the earliest stages, meaning better potential treatment outcomes for patients. Our new low-dose CT scanner ensures minimal radiation exposure during the screening.

Screening Guidelines

If you are age 55–74 and are a current smoker or former smoker who has quit within the last 15 years, you may be a candidate for a low-dose CT lung cancer screening. Patients who meet these guidelines can call 450-LUNG (5864) or fill out the form to find out if you qualify for a screening.

Scheduling a Screening

A physician order is required for a low-dose CT lung cancer screening. We are happy to help candidates obtain a physician’s order.

Will my insurance pay for the low-dose CT screening?
Due to clinical studies that show the effectiveness of this exam, insurance companies are quickly adding low dose CT screening for lung cancer to the services they cover. However, it varies by insurance plan and payor.

Deaconess will work with your insurance to determine if you are covered for this important screening and bill your insurance appropriately. If your insurance does not yet cover this service, Deaconess will work with you on affordable payment options, because we want this life-saving service to be available to as many people as possible.

Nurse Navigator Support

Mariah Atkinson, BSN, RN, Deaconess Cancer Services Nurse
lung cancer screening evansville
Mariah Atkinson, BSN, RN, Deaconess Oncology Nurse Navigator
 Navigator, works with each patient in a compassionate and caring manner. She serves as a convenient, complimentary single point of contact between the entire Deaconess Oncology team and you and your family. Mariah's knowledge and special training are available to you from the first moment of diagnosis to help with any questions you might have.

Mariah can also help you with scheduling your appointments and can meet with you to help you understand your individualized treatment plan.

She can explain unfamiliar terms and concepts, guide you through the entire treatment process, and help you take advantage of the many resources available to you through Deaconess Health System.


Normal screening results will be sent to the referring physician. Questionable lung abnormality screening results will be reviewed by Deaconess Multidisciplinary Lung Nodule Review Board doctors, and those recommendations will be provided to the referring physician. The board consists of physicians with the following specialties:
  • Medical Oncology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Pulmonology
  • Radiology
  • Thoracic Surgery

For more information or to schedule a screening, please call 812-450-LUNG (5864).

Click for a Low Dose CT Screening brochure.

To learn more about low-dose CT lung cancer screening, please visit the National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s Web site.

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