Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) 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 (CT) in the chest module, as well as undergo a rigorous assessment of its lung cancer screening protocol and infrastructure. Centers must have procedures for follow-up patient care, such as counseling and smoking cessation programs.
“Screening for lung cancer is more than a CT scan. Patients are enrolled in a program that includes one-on-one counseling on the risks and benefits of the exam, the importance of adherence to annual screening, and are given tools for smoking cessation,” said Kim Sandler, MD, Assistant Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences and Assistant Director of the Vanderbilt Lung Screening Program. ■