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The low-dose lung cancer screening program offered by the Tate Cancer Center at UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center 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 low-dose screening CT scans reduce the number of deaths from lung cancer by 20%.
WHO SHOULD BE SCREENED?
Screening candidates should be at least 50 years of age who have smoked for a TOTAL of 20 pack-years (average number of packs per day multiplied by total years smoked) AND have one of the additional risk factors (other than second hand smoke):
WHAT ARE THE COMPONENTS OF A LOW-DOSE LUNG CANCER SCREENING CT?
The screening for lung cancer is done using non-invasive, low-dose CT technology. It is performed by a radiology technologist and takes less than 15 minutes to complete. No blood work, nor intravenous contrast is needed. A physician referral is required.
WHEN ARE SCREENING RESULTS AVAILABLE?
All lung CT results are reviewed by a multi-disciplinary team here at UM BWMC 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?
Low-Dose Lung Cancer Screening CT is offered at UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center (301 Hospital Drive in Glen Burnie). Physicians wanting to schedule a patient or patients that have already received a referral for the screening from their physician should call UM BWMC’s Department of Radiology at 410-787-4633.
WHAT IS THE COST OF THE SCREENING?
This procedure is now covered by Medicare and most private insurance companies. Please check with your insurance provider to determine coverage.