Lung Screening Program

Air pollution is a well-known and growing concern in Hanoi, especially pollution due to particulate matter or PM. In Hanoi, the most prevalent pollutant is PM2.5, of which the main source is traffic. The impact of pollution will be even more severe for people with other respiratory risk factors like smoking, asthma etc.

During peaks of air pollution, there are more people complaining about cough or difficult breathing and there are more respiratory tract infections in children and people with increased respiratory risk factors. People living with chronic respiratory or cardiac diseases have increased risk to experience an asthma attack, cardiac attack or cerebral attack. This also goes for people that smoke (heavily) or are exposed to increased pollution.

Breathing everyday a polluted air is also dangerous during pregnancy, leading to premature birth and lower birth weight. Children may have slower development of their lungs and may develop asthma and allergies. Adults may develop chronic bronchitis and also lung cancer.

After the COVID-19 epidemic, people have an increased awareness of how essential lungs are for a healthy life. As such, you might want to know how healthy your lungs are.

Hanoi French Hospital proposes a Lung screening program which includes a consultation with a lung specialist, a CT-scan of the thorax (This latest method of CT scan helps to detect pulmo -pleural lesions and other thorax diseases that are not detected by standard chest X-ray, such as early-stage lung cancer, pneumonia (including viral pneumonia, even caused by Covid 19), a pulmonary function test and related blood tests. The outcome of all these will allow us to help you to take action to prevent your lungs form becoming sick, or indeed to take action to avoid worsening of a disease.

Details of the program





Consultation with specialist


CT scanner of the lung ( low dose CT-scanner or normal CT-scanner as requested by the specialist)


Respiratory function (Plethysmography)


Blood tests:

Full blood count

Kidney function: Creatinine




Thorax low dose CT scan

Low dose CT scan is the latest method of modern spiral CT scan which is very safe as it dramatically minimize the effects of radiation exposure to patients (It involves a radiation exposure dose approximate 1mSv/exam, equivalent to a classic radiology exam, whereas the normal routine chest CT scan involves about 7mSv). This radiation exposure dose is very low even compared to natural background radiation which is about 3.1 mSv /person/year).

Still low dose CT scan provides excellent diagnostic results. This latest method of CT scan helps to detect pulmo -pleural lesions and other thorax diseases that are not detected by standard chest X-ray, such as early-stage cancer, pneumonia (including viral pneumonia, even caused by Covid 19 (CT scan is used to diagnose Covid 19 pneumonia when RT-PCR testing for SARS-CoV-2 has not been done), bronchiectasis, emphysema, mediastinal tumors, chest wall tumors, etc.

It can also be used to follow up known lesions, not only help your doctor compare and evaluate treatment results while minimizing radiation exposure to patients that require multiple control exams.

Thorax low-dose CT scan is safer than normal routine CT scan and gives higher value in diagnosis than standard X-rays. It plays significant role in screening, detection and follow up treatment outcome, especially in the context of coronavirus pneumonia spreading all over the world now.