Butler 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.
In order to receive this elite distinction, facilities must be accredited
by the ACR in computed tomography 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.
Lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography scans, and appropriate
significantly reduces lung cancer deaths. 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 within the past 15 years. 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 United States. 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.
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