Lung Cancer Screening

REDUCED-DOSE LUNG CANCER SCREENING CT PROGRAM
The reduced-dose lung cancer screening program offered by University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health (UM UCH) evaluates those considered at high risk for developing lung cancer from smoking. A study by the National Cancer Institute and the National Lung Screening Trial found that reduced-dose screening CT scans can decrease the number of deaths from lung cancer by 20%.

WHAT IS A REDUCED-DOSE CT SCAN?
A reduced-dose CT scan uses about 25% of the radiation exposure of a regular CT scan. While the reduced-dose scan uses more radiation than a general chest x-ray, it is much more likely to reveal evidence of lung abnormalities.

WHAT ARE THE COMPONENTS OF A REDUCED-DOSE LUNG CANCER SCREENING CT?
The screening for lung cancer is done using non-invasive, reduced-dose CT technology. It is performed by a radiology technologist and takes less than 15 minutes to complete. No blood work or intravenous (IV) contrast is needed. A physician referral is required.

WHO SHOULD BE SCREENED?
Screening candidates should:

  • be 55-79 years of age
  • AND currently smoke or have quit less than 15 years ago
  • AND have smoked for a TOTAL of 30 pack-years (pack years = number of packs of cigarettes smokes per day multiplied by TOTAL number of years smoking)
  • Have no symptoms and have no history of lung cancer

WHEN ARE SCREENING RESULTS AVAILABLE?
All lung CT results are reviewed by a multidisciplinary team here at UM UCH that includes a thoracic surgeon, oncologist, pulmonologist and radiologist. Results are provided directly to the referring physician to be discussed with the participant.

WHERE ARE SCREENINGS OFFERED AND HOW CAN I SIGN UP?

Reduced-Dose Lung Cancer Screening CT is offered at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center (UM UCMC) (500 Upper Chesapeake Drive in Bel Air). Physicians wanting to schedule a patient or patients that have already received a referral for the screening from their physician should call UM UCH at 443-843-LUNG or toll-free at 855-800-LUNG.

WHAT IS THE COST OF THE SCREENING?
UM UCH offers reduced-dose CT lung cancer screenings for $100 payable in cash, check or credit card at the time of the screening. At this time, we are unable to bill insurance for this service.

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