CHI Memorial, Chattanooga, TN, introduced a new, mobile way to screen for lung cancer. ‘Breathe Easy’ is a motor coach equipped with a low-dose computed tomography (CT) machine. This technology is the first of its kind in the Chattanooga region, and it’s the only fully independent unit in the nation.
“Lung cancer is curable if we catch it early,” said Rob Headrick, MD, thoracic surgeon at the CHI Memorial Chest and Lung Cancer Center. “This screening is the best way to detect lung cancer in its earliest stages. The coach allows us to take this important screening tool out into our communities and reach people who may not have access or the opportunity to get this scan otherwise.”
Lung cancer symptoms often do not occur until the cancer is advanced, but a low-dose CT screening can identify signs of lung cancer in otherwise healthy people. The Breathe Easy mobile lung CT coach serves 11 counties in Tennessee, eight in North Georgia, and two in Northeast Alabama.