Did You Know? Our Imaging Centers are Recognized as “Designated Lung Cancer Screening Centers”
The American College of Radiology (ACR) recognizes each of our 6 imaging centers as ACR Designated Lung Cancer Screening Centers. It signifies that the Radiology Associates Imaging (RAI) lung screening program and protocol meet requirements set forth by the ACR Committee on Lung Cancer Screening.
“We are able to detect lung cancer at its very early stages, which significantly improves the survival of
our patients,” said RAI President Roy Siragusa, MD.
The ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center designation is a voluntary program that recognizes facilities committed to practicing 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/smoking cessation programs.
Lung cancer screening with low-dose CT scans and appropriate follow-up care significantly reduce lung cancer deaths, which total more each year than those related to breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. In December 2013, the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommended screening of adults aged 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit smoking within the past 15 years.