Lung Cancer Screening

Lung Cancer Alliance

Lung Cancer Screening

UM Upper Chesapeake Health is a Lung Cancer Alliance Screening Center of Excellence.

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 smoked 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 our multidisciplinary team that includes a thoracic surgeon, oncologist, pulmonologist and radiologist. Results are provided directly to your referring physician to be discussed with you.

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. 

WHAT IS THE COST OF THE SCREENING?
$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.


For more information on scheduling a screening, call 443-843-LUNG or toll free 855-800-LUNG.


This page was last updated: September 4, 2014

         
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