Lauren Sonnek, RT (R) (CT) (MRI) has been named Lung screening navigator for Baptist Health Paducah.

Sonnek has over nine years of experience in diagnostic imaging and will assist patients and providers with the lung screening process.

“As lung navigator, my goal is to increase the percentage of lung screenings for eligible patients and to detect lung cancer in the earliest stage possible,” Sonnek said. “In my new role as lung navigator, I coordinate appointments for patients, educate the community about the new lung screening qualifications, answer questions and concerns and communicate with providers for appropriate follow-up care on any incidental findings for our patients.”

Baptist Health Paducah is an accredited Screening Center of Excellence by the GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer. Low-dose CT screening for lung cancer carried out safely, efficiently and equitably saves tens of thousands of lives a year. Lung cancer is the most common cancer treated at Baptist Health Paducah, as well as the most common cancer in both men and women in the U.S.

Medicare and most insurance will cover the cost of the low-dose CT lung screening for people who meet these Medicare criteria:

• 55 to 77 years old

• Greater than 30-pack year smoking history (defined as smoking one pack a day for 30 years, or 2 packs a day for 15 years, or 3 packs a day for 10 years)

• Actively smoked within the last 15 years, and

• No signs or symptoms of lung cancer such as recent weight loss, hoarseness or persistent cough

If you meet the criteria, you will need a provider’s orders for the painless, non-invasive test. You can talk to your doctor, or set up an appointment by phoning 270-415-7631.