Lung Cancer Screening with Low-Dose CT

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women worldwide. Each year, more men and women die of lung cancer than of colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. However, of the four leading deadliest cancers in the U.S., lung cancer is the only one not subject to routine screening.

Recent research shows that low-dose CT scanning is the most successful in detecting lung cancer in those at risk. At The University of Kansas Hospital, our goal is to make this testing available to all people at high risk for lung cancer. We offer low-dose CT lung screening to current and former smokers who have no symptoms of lung cancer.


To qualify for this screening, you must meet the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, NCCN, high-risk criteria:

  • 55-77 years old
  • Are currently a smoker or have quit within the past
    15 years
  • Have smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for
    30 years

Call 913-588-1227 or 844-323-1227 to see if you qualify. A lung screening questionnaire will be completed over the phone to determine if you meet the NCCN high-risk criteria. If you do, we will schedule you for LDCT lung screening.

How to prepare

Contact your primary care physician to let her or him know you qualify and are scheduled for a lung screening CT. Our nurse navigator can assist in obtaining the order.

What to expect

For the screening, we will position you on the CT examination table, usually lying flat on your back. We may use pillows to correctly position you and help you remain still during the exam. We will ask you to hold your breath as the table moves slowly through the CT machine and the scan is performed.


While we are committed to offering this lifesaving technology, we continue to encourage everyone who smokes to quit. Quitting smoking is the best defense against lung cancer. We recommend the following resources to help you:

For more information:
Patients: 913-588-1227 | 844-323-1227

Lung cancer screening location

The University of Kansas Hospital – Indian Creek Campus
10710 Nall Ave.
Overland Park, KS 66211

Directions from I-435
Located close to Town Center Plaza, the Indian Creek Campus is just north of I-435 and Nall Ave. in Overland Park, Kansas. The main entrance to the hospital is on the south side of the building.

  • Take Nall Avenue Exit from I-435.
  • Go north to 107th Street.
  • Turn left (west) approximately 1/10 of a mile.
  • Turn left (south) into the Indian Creek Campus.
  • At stop sign, turn left. Then take the second right (this will be the right turn after the speed bump).
  • The main entrance is located on the south side of the building. Park in any available space.

Plentiful complimentary parking is just steps away from the front door, located on the south side of the building.

The power of hope

Jeanne Ackerson was diagnosed with stage IIIB lung cancer and given a 15 percent chance of survival. She enrolled in a clinical trial, and three years later says her decision saved her life.

To learn more about clinical trials, call 913-945-7552 or visit