Sturdy Memorial Hospital Becomes ACR Designated Lung Cancer Screening Center
ATTLEBORO, MA – The Radiology Department at Sturdy Memorial Hospital recently announced that it had been designated by The American College of Radiology (ACR) as a Lung Cancer Screening Center.
Lung Cancer Screening Center designation is a voluntary program that recognizes facilities that have committed to practice safe, low-radiation dose quality CT imaging for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer. In order to receive this elite distinction, the Sturdy CT Department was submitted to a rigorous assessment of its lung cancer screening protocol and infrastructure.
There are specific criteria for screening eligibility. Currently, exams can be ordered for patients who meet the following criteria:
- Age 55 - 77 years
- Asymptomatic - no signs or symptoms of lung cancer
- 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years
Patients should speak with their primary care physicians to determine if lung cancer screening is appropriate for them.