Screening for cancer means testing for cancer before there are any symptoms. The low-dose CT lung cancer screening (LDCT) can reduce death from lung cancer through early detection; however, the test is not recommended for everyone as there are risks.
Ascension Medical Group locations at Founders’ Circle, Murdock and Ascension Via Christi Imaging locations at St. Teresa and Northeast are Wichita’s only ACR-designated lung cancer screen centers. The following criteria, established in accordance with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, must be met and documented in order for your patient to be eligible:
- Age 55-77
- Asymptomatic (no cough, shortness of air or unexpected weight loss)
- Tobacco smoking history of at least 30 “pack” years, which is defined as number of packs per day times number of years.
- Current smoker or individual who has quit smoking within the last 15 years
Additionally, the physician or mid-level writing an order for the LDCT screening must meet specific requirements. This includes documentation of counseling and shared decision-making with the patient by the ordering physician or mid-level, during which they have:
- Listened to and supported the patient’s values and preferences
- Explained the benefits and risks of the screening
- Counseled the patient on the importance of having annual lung cancer screening as well as the impact comorbidities may have on the patient
- Assessed the patient’s willingness to undergo diagnosis, treatment and possible additional testing
- Educated the patient about the importance of not smoking and, as appropriate, provided information about tobacco cessation intervention
Finally, to allow for a possible comparison, please document when, where and why any previous CT was performed.
The American College of Radiology (ACR) designates this facility as a top quality provider of safe, effective diagnostic imaging for individuals at high risk lung cancer. As an ACR-designated lung cancer screening center, this facility demonstrates commitment to providing high-quality screening care and patient safety.