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:

  • Medicare covers individuals aged 55-77; other insurances may cover individuals aged 55-80.
  • 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. 


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


         
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