Medical breakthrough to screen lung cancer available in north Mississippi

In 2016, advancement in technology led to the creation of lung cancer screening.

Posted: May 25, 2019 5:31 PM
Updated: May 25, 2019 9:44 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - In 2016, advancement in technology led to the creation of lung cancer screening.

It is now available throughout parts of north Mississippi.

“It’s a CT of the chest which is a newer model to treat smokers,” Dr. Benjamin Hinton said.

He is a radiation oncologist.

The machine can take three to four scans with very little radiation.

“The benefit of this is we detect it at stages one or two, we can actually operate on these patients,” Jaime Ungo said.

Ungo is a pulmonologist.

Patients are now able to get this screening at North Mississippi Medical Center hospitals in Iuka, West Point, Eupora, Pontotoc and Hamilton, Alabama.

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