Lung Nodule Program Information for Patients

As part of your care team, we at the Med Center Health Lung Nodule Program are dedicated to the quick diagnosis and treatment of nodules found in the lungs to provide you with the best possible outcome.

You have likely received a call from our Patient Navigator because something abnormal appeared on a scan you had recently. You might have had a lung screening, or you might have had an X-Ray or CT scan for something else, during which a radiologist saw something on your image that they felt needed further investigation. This is called an incidental pulmonary nodule.

The Med Center Health Lung Nodule Program is here to investigate images like yours to determine their cause and if they might need further testing. We work with your primary care doctor to make arrangements for you to come to our clinic to meet with our specialists so that together we may learn more about what types of care you might need.

The information below will provide guidance about what to expect from your visit with us, the types of physicians you might see and how our fast-track process works.

If you have additional questions, please call Jennifer Finch at 270-535-6886 or email lungnoduleprogram@mchealth.net.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a lung nodule?

A lung nodule is an abnormal growth that forms in a lung. Your nodule(s) might have been discovered during an X-ray or CT scan. Your doctor might also call it a spot on the lung, a lesion or shadow.

Is it serious?

Many lung nodules are benign (non-cancerous), but it is important to have a doctor check them to determine exactly what caused them. That’s where the Med Center Health Lung Nodule Program comes in. We will work with your doctor to examine, diagnose and treat your nodule(s).

Why do I need to see a specialist?

At Med Center Health, we have a network of physicians who work together with your primary care doctor to determine what kind of specialist you might need to see. Our Lung Nodule Program has doctors from the following specialties who can help you in the event that your nodule needs further treatment.

  • Pulmonologists from Western Kentucky Heart & Lung Associates – Pulmonologists specialize in diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the lungs
  • Cardiothoracic Surgeons from Med Center Health Heart, Lung & Vascular Surgeons – Cardiothoracic surgeons specialize in operating on the heart, lungs and other thoracic (chest) organs like your esophagus.
  • Oncologists from Med Center Health Hematology & Oncology and Med Center Health Radiation Oncology – A medical oncologist specializes in diagnosing and treating various forms of cancer. A radiation oncologist uses radiation technology to pinpoint and treat specific areas of the body following a cancer diagnosis.
  • Your Patient Navigator is a person who is there to support you every step of the way. This person assists patients and their primary care physicians through processes including scheduling appointments, arranging testing, lab work, and biopsies or surgeries if needed.
Which specialist will I be seeing?

In the morning before your appointment, our Lung Nodule Board will meet to discuss your specific results and they will determine which physician would be most appropriate for you.

What will happen at my appointment?

When you meet with the physician, they will discuss your results with you and decide if any further testing is needed.

What if I need more tests?

If your doctor determines you need further testing, your Patient Navigator will schedule any diagnostic imaging or testing for you and will also schedule follow up appointments with you. The Medical Center at Bowling Green offers everything you need for additional testing so that you will not have to travel to get the care you need, including some testing and imaging services offered at our regional facilities that might be closer to your home, including:

  • The Medical Center at Bowling Green
  • Western Kentucky Diagnostic Imaging in Bowling Green
  • The Medical Center at Franklin
  • The Medical Center at Scottsville
  • The Medical Center at Caverna
  • The Medical Center at Albany
How soon will I get my results?

The mission of the Lung Nodule Program is to provide patients with quick access to specialists, testing, services and treatment. We will provide you with the results from testing as soon as they are made available and the doctor has a chance to review them.

What if it is serious?

You are in the right place, no matter your prognosis. At the Med Center Health Lung Nodule Program, our goal is to detect lung nodules at the earliest stages to either prevent serious issues before they occur or to treat concerns quickly by offering a variety of options tailored to your specific diagnosis. Our specialists are experts in their fields and have access to the latest treatment options and technologies, right here, close to home. Together, we will work to give you the care you need.


In many cases, our Patient Navigator will reach out to your primary care physician directly if we determine an imaging reading suggests an incidental nodule or a nodule found during a screening. Your doctor will then call you, after which the Patient Navigator will contact you directly to schedule an appointment with our Lung Nodule Program for further investigation. During our first meeting with you, we will determine if further testing or imaging is needed, which we will then schedule and facilitate for you.


The Med Center Health Lung Nodule Program is located within the Med Center Health Hematology & Oncology office in the Medical Arts Building on the campus of The Medical Center at Bowling Green.

Medical Arts Building
First Floor, Suite 106
350 Park Street
Bowling Green, KY 42101

Medical Arts Building entrance

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