WMHS Earns ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center Designation
The Western Maryland Health System has been designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
The ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center designation is a voluntary program that recognizes facilities that have committed to practice safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer.
In order to receive this elite distinction, facilities must be accredited by the ACR in computed tomography (CT) in the chest module, as well as undergo a rigorous assessment of its lung cancer screening protocol and infrastructure. Also required are procedures in place for follow-up patient care, such as counseling and smoking cessation programs.
Clinical trials have demonstrated that lung cancer screening with low-dose CT scans and appropriate follow-up care can significantly reduce lung cancer deaths.
The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening of adults aged 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years. Lung cancer is the nation’s leading cancer killer and takes the lives of more people each year than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined.
Long-time smokers and past smokers are encouraged to talk with their primary care provider to see if a lung cancer screening is right for them. Many insurance plans, including Medicare, now cover lung cancer screenings for those considered at high risk.
The ACR, founded in 1924, is one of the largest and most influential medical associations in the United States. The ACR devotes its resources to making imaging and radiation therapy safe, effective and accessible to those who need it. Its 36,000 members include radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, interventional radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians.
For more information about the Lung Cancer Screening Center designation, visit: acr.org/Quality-Safety/Lung-Cancer-Screening-Center.