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Houston Healthcare Earns ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center Designation

Houston Healthcare has been designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR). All three imaging locations – Houston Medical Center, Perry Hospital, and the Pavilion Diagnostic Center – have received the low dose lung cancer screening designation.

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.

“We are pleased to receive this distinction and have worked extensively to ensure quality care is available for each patient,” states Tim Sisco, Director of Cardiovascular and Imaging Services for Houston Healthcare. 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 procedures in place for follow-up patient care, such as counseling and smoking cessation programs.

Houston Healthcare has also invested in advanced technology to provide consistent processes that enhance patient care. “We have implemented a Lung Computer Assisted Diagnosis (CAD) system to assist the Radiologists in characterizing lung nodules, which aids in consistent description of the nodules, if seen during the scan. In addition, we have also implemented a low dose lung cancer screening tracking system to provide results and tracking information to patients and ordering physicians. Having accurate communication and processes in place greatly improves the overall patient and physician experience,” shares Sisco.

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.

American College of Radiology (ACR)

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.

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Perry, Georgia 31069
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