Early detection saves lives

Lung cancer screening

CHI Memorial Chest and Lung Cancer Center at the Rees Skillern Cancer Institute diagnoses and treats lung cancer. To determine whether you have a high risk of developing lung cancer and may benefit from a lung cancer screening:

  • Age 50 or greater
  • Smoking history
  • Family history of cancer
  • Exposure to cancer causing agents (asbestos, diesel fumes, Radon, coal smoke, soot, etc.)

A low - dose computed tomography (CT) scan shows a 3 - D image of the lungs that is clearer and more detailed than regular x - rays, allowing doctors to diagnose lung cancer at its earliest stage, before there are any symptoms. Lung cancer symptoms do not usually occur until the cancer is advanced, and may include persistent cough, sputum streaked with blood, chest pain, voice change, worsening shortness of breath, and recurrent pneumonia or bronchitis.

  • CHI Memorial’s Breathe Easy mobile lung CT coach allows us to take low - dose CT lung screening out into our communities and reach people who may not have access or the opportunity to get this scan otherwise. This technology is the first of its kind in the Chattanooga region, and the only fully independent unit in the nation.
  • The low - dose CT lung cancer scan has been shown to improve survival by 20 percent according to The National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Private insurance companies cover lung cancer screening for high - risk individuals. Medicare and Medicaid also cover lung cancer screening. In order to receive a lung cancer screening, you must have a doctor’s referral. If you feel that you are at risk, call your doctor and say you are interested in a low - dose CT scan.

The Breathe Easy mobile lung CT coach serves 11 counties in Tennessee, eight counties in North Georgia, and two counties in Northeast Alabama. Screenings will be offered at the locations listed below.

Breathe Easy Low-Dose Mobile Lung CT Screenings

  • Monday, July 27, 2020, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., CHI Memorial Family Practice Associates - Spring City, 225 Clinton Ave., Spring City, TN 
  • Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., CHI Memorial Integrative Medicine Associates - Signal Mountain., 1238 Taft Hwy, Ste. 170, Signal Mountain, TN 
  • Tuesday, August 4, 2020, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., CHI Memorial Parkway, 4700 Battlefield Parkway, Ringgold, GA 30736
  • Wednesday, August 5, 2020, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. CT, Healthforce Primary Care, 16740 Rankin Avenue, Dunlap, TN 37327
  • Thursday, August 6, 2020, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. CT, Piggly Wiggly, 3508 Main Street, Pikeville, TN 37367  
  • Friday, August 7, 2020, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Open Lung Screening Day, 2115 E. 3rd Street, Chattanooga, TN 37404
  • Monday, August 10, 2020,  1 – 6 p.m., Bradley Square Mall, 200 Paul Huff Phwy NW, Cleveland, TN 37312
  • Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., CHI Memorial Family Practice Associates, 4700 Battlefield Parkway, Ringgold, GA 30736  
  • Friday, August 14, 2020, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Piggly Wiggly, 17619 Highway 58, Decatur, TN 37322
  • Monday, August 17, 2020, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Cleveland Family YMCA, 220 Urbane Road NE, Cleveland, TN 37312 
  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., YMCA Healthy Living Center at North River, 4138 Hixson Pike, Chattanooga TN 37415
  • Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Hamilton Family YMCA, 7430 Shallowford Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421
  • Friday, August 21, 2020, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Guerry Heart and Vascular Center, 2601 Robbins Street, Chattanooga, TN 37406

To register for a low-dose CT lung screening or to schedule the Breathe Easy Coach for an event, call (423) 495-5864 (LUNG).


Together you can discuss your risk and decide if a lung screening is right for you. Call (423) 495-LUNG (5864) for more information.


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