Med Center Health offers advanced care of the lungs. We help our patients breathe better through a variety of treatments and services right here close to home.

Lung Cancer Screening

Lung cancer screenings are available at Western Kentucky Diagnostic Imaging (a department of The Medical Center at Bowling Green) and The Medical Centers at AlbanyCavernaFranklin and Scottsville. A low-dose Computerized Tomography (CT) lung cancer screening is the only proven test to find lung cancer in the early stages. CT is an x-ray technology that uses low doses of radiation to scan the body and produce a series of detailed pictures of the lungs. CT is more accurate than traditional x-ray at identifying early stage cancer when it is most treatable. Learn more.

Lung Nodule Program

The Med Center Health Lung Nodule Program is a partnership with Med Center Health Heart, Lung & Vascular Surgeons and Western Kentucky Heart, Lung and Gastroenterology. Together, we offer a multi-disciplinary approach to the detection, diagnosis and treatment of suspicious nodules in the lungs at their earliest stages. Our fast-track clinic examines incidental nodules and those detected through low-dose CT scans, working directly with primary care providers to schedule eligible patients for consultations with our team of physicians, including pulmonology, cardiothoracic surgery, medical oncology and radiation oncology. Learn more.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary Rehabilitation can help people with lung conditions such as COPD, asthma, pulmonary hypertension and cystic fibrosis. Our Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program can help you recover faster and improve your quality of life. The program includes exercise, education, counseling, and support for patients and their families. Learn more.

Pulmonary Function Testing

Pulmonary Function Tests (PFT) are a series of non-invasive tests to learn how well your lungs are working. The results show how well you move air in and out of your lungs and how well oxygen enters your blood stream. Learn more.

Ion Robotic Navigational Bronchoscopy

Ion Robotic Navigational Bronchoscopy takes a minimally-invasive peripheral lung biopsy using robotic-assisted technology. The Medical Center Pulmonology staff will use the Intuitive Surgical Ion endoluminal system to help perform these procedures. Learn more.

Zephyr Valve for COPD

The Medical Center at Bowling Green is the first hospital in Southcentral Kentucky to offer the Zephyr® Valve. This revolutionary device can help severe emphysema patients who consistently feel short of breath despite using COPD medications and/or oxygen. Zephyr is the first FDA-approved, minimally-invasive device available in the U.S. for treating patients with severe emphysema. Learn more.

Sleep Medicine

Accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, The Medical Center Sleep Center is a full service clinic that diagnoses and treats sleep disorders such as insomnia, narcolepsy, sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome and others. We also specialize in pediatric sleep disorders – treating issues that affect children such as nightmares, night terrors, bed wetting, teeth grinding and many others. Learn more about sleep medicine.

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Smoking Cessation

Trying to quit smoking is extremely difficult, and that’s why Med Center Health offers the “BREATHE Smoking Cessation” program. A person who is able to quit smoking lowers their risk of being diagnosed with 12 different types of cancer and significantly lowers their risk of heart and lung diseases.

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The Medical Center at Bowling Green Invests in State-of-the-Art Lung Biopsy Technology

Ion Robotic Navigational Bronchoscopy is state-of-the-art technology that takes a minimally-invasive peripheral lung biopsy using robotic-assisted technology. The Medical Center Pulmonology staff will use the Intuitive Surgical Ion endoluminal system to help perform these procedures.

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Kentucky – Home of Horses, Bourbon and Lung Cancer

Kentucky is known for many things – beautiful countryside, horse racing, bourbon and unfortunately, lung cancer. Compared to other states, Kentucky has one of the worst ranks for both new cases and survival rate. The good news is that Kentucky is now among the highest ranked states in the number of lung cancer screenings being provided to at-risk people.

Med Center Health and other leading healthcare systems who are members of the Kentucky Health Collaborative have made a concerted effort to increase lung cancer screenings across the state. With no symptoms until the advanced stage‚ lung cancer is most treatable when caught in the early stages.See More

Vaping – What Teens Should Know

The aerosol inhaled from these products is often a mixture of harmful chemicals like nicotine, formaldehyde and acrolein. Nicotine is highly addictive. Formaldehyde is known to cause cancer, and acrolein is used as a weed killer and can cause irreversible lung damage.

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Do you smoke? The risk is not just to your lungs.

Kentucky has long been known as a tobacco state. But the economic benefits of tobacco are far outweighed by the cost on human lives and health. In Kentucky, almost 30% of high school-aged youth use some sort of tobacco product, including nicotine-laced e-cigarettes. An estimated 8,900 adults die each year in Kentucky from tobacco-related illnesses—and many of them started smoking as teenagers.

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Young man using a device to measure pulmonary function.