Low-Dose Lung Cancer Screening CT Program


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):

  • occupational exposure (such as asbestos, silica, chromium, coal smoke or diesel fumes)
  • residential radon exposure
  • prior cancer history
  • family history of lung cancer
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • pulmonary fibrosis
  • hormone replacement therapy (HRT)

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?

UM BWMC offers low-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.

For information 410.787.4000

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