October 23, 2019
Frisbie Memorial Hospital has been designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
The ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center designation is a voluntary program that recognizes facilities that have committed to practice safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer.
Lung Cancer Screening Centers earning this elite designation, like Frisbie Memorial Hospital, 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 and smoking cessation programs. Frisbie’s Lung Cancer Screening Program, which was recently named a Screening Center of Excellence by the GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer for its ongoing commitment to responsible lung cancer screening, aims to detect lung cancer in high risk patients.
Lung cancer screening high risk individuals with low-dose CT scans, and appropriate follow-up care, significantly reduces lung cancer deaths. Individuals at highest risk are adults aged 55 to 77 years who currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years and have a 30-pack year smoking history (number of years smoked multiplied by average number of packs smoked per day). Lung cancer is the nation’s leading cancer killer—taking the lives of more people each year than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined.
The ACR, founded in 1924, is one of the largest and most influential medical associations in the U.S. The ACR devotes its resources to making imaging and radiation therapy safe, effective and accessible to those who need it. Its 36,000 members include radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, interventional radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians.