Levine Cancer Institute Launches Nation’s First Mobile Lung Unit
Description: Thanks to a $1.6 million grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute, along with Samsung, designed and created the nation’s first mobile lung computed tomography (CT) scanner and program to help at risk patients.
The mobile unit will travel to remote areas served by Levine Cancer Institute where technological capabilities are limited and patients are not near facilities that can provide a CT scan. The vehicle will provide lung cancer screenings for patients right where they live, reducing the time it takes to diagnose and begin treatment for lung cancer, the second most common cancer diagnosis, and the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Access to screening is essential for early diagnosis, intervention and survival for those at high risk for contracting the disease.