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Radiology Imaging Associates Earns ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center Designation

Posted on: 01/05/2015

Radiology Imaging Associates (RIA) is among the first in DC Metro area to earn the designation as a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR). RIA has received that distinction for all five imaging centers located in northern Virginia and southern Maryland (i.e., Sterling and Lansdowne, VA and Clinton, Prince Frederick and Waldorf, MD).

“We are thrilled to be offering this truly life-saving test to our patients. Lung Cancer is the number one cause of cancer deaths in the US, largely because it remains undetected until the patient has symptoms, which is usually at a later stage in the disease when treatment options are not as effective”, says Dr. Joseph P. Finizio, Medical Director of RIA. “Much like mammograms and colonoscopy screening tests, low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening is performed on patients who meet the risk guidelines and have no symptoms. The goal of screening is to detect abnormalities that may represent lung cancer before the disease progresses so that medical intervention can be most effective.”

The ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center designation 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 to provide low radiation dose examinations. Radiology practices performing CT lung screening will have mechanisms for referring current smokers for smoking cessation programs.

Lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography scans, and appropriate follow-up care, 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. Patients should discuss their risk factors with their doctor to see if they would benefit from this this screening.

About Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines Resources:
http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspslung.htm
http://www.lung.org/lung-disease/lung-cancer/lung-cancer-screening-guidelines/

About American College of Radiology

For more information about the Lung Cancer Screening Center designation, visit: www.acr.org.

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