CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System Designated as a Lung Cancer Screening Center August 10, 2015

CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System has been designated as a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center designation is a voluntary program, recognizing facilities that have committed to practice safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer.

“CHRISTUS St. Michael is the first in the region to have been designated as an ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center,” said Lisa Patterson, BS, CNMT, RT(N), Director of Imaging Services, CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System. “The ACR designation signifies that our facility’s lung cancer screening program and protocols meet the requirements set forth by the ACR lung cancer screening committee, offering valuable screening services to our community at the highest standards of the radiology profession.”

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 having procedures in place for follow-up patient care, such as counseling and smoking cessation programs. “Our CT department’s focus is on providing quality and compassionate patient care,” said Patterson. “We maintain the American College of Radiology (ACR) accreditation for our CT programs at both the main hospital and our Imaging Center. In addition to our team of board certified radiologists, all of our CT technologists have achieved and maintain their advanced certification in Computed Tomography.”

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 77 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.