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.