The Lung Cancer Screening Program at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health uses low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) scanning to find disease before symptoms begin. The goal of lung cancer screening is to detect disease at its earliest and most treatable stage. LDCT technology – which is more detailed than chest x-rays – produces multiple, cross-sectional images of the lungs, using less radiation than a standard CT scan.
WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA FOR THE LUNG CANCER SCREENING PROGRAM?
- Must be between the ages of 55-77
- Smokers or past smokers, who quit within the past 15 years
- Smoking history equivalent to a pack per day for 30 years
- No signs or symptoms of lung cancer
- Medically able to tolerate treatment for early-stage lung cancer if indicated
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE LUNG CANCER SCREENING PROGRAM?
- Program is overseen by a board-certified pulmonologist and a certified registered nurse practitioner
- Patients referred to the program are screened for eligibility
- Shared decision making education
- Referral for smoking cessation
- LDCT screening results sent to primary care provider
- Follow-up is in accordance with the American College of Radiology’s Lung-RADS-Assessment categories
- Timely referrals to pulmonology and surgical specialists
IS THE LUNG CANCER SCREENING PROGRAM COVERED BY INSURANCE?
For eligible patients, LDCT scanning is covered by Medicare and most private insurance companies. Patients are advised to check with their insurance providers to determine coverage.
HOW DO I REFER PATIENTS TO THE LUNG CANCER SCREENING PROGRAM?
- Referrals can be made by primary care providers via phone or fax
- Upon receipt of referral, patient will be called to schedule screening appointment
For additional information about the Lung Cancer Screening Program at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, or for screening locations, contact:
Phone: 410-820-4416; Fax: 410-822-2960
Monday – Thursday: 8:30 am – 4 pm
Friday: 8:30 am – 3 pm
A Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) Screening Center of Excellence