West Jefferson Earns ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center Designation

West Jefferson Medical Center (WJMC) 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 that recognizes facilities that have committed to practice safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer.

“This accreditation marks yet another success in West Jefferson’s continuing commitment to safe and effective care,” said Nancy R. Cassagne, President and CEO of WJMC. “Our high quality imaging and screening program helps us better serve our community by allowing us to diagnose and treat lung cancers sooner.”

In order to receive this elite distinction, facilities must be accredited by the ACR for computed tomography in the chest module, and must undergo a rigorous assessment of their lung cancer screening protocol and infrastructure. Also required are procedures in place for follow-up patient care, such as counseling and smoking cessation programs.

Lung cancer is the nation’s leading cancer killer – taking the lives of more people each year than breast, colon, and prostate cancers combined. 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. A pack-year is defined as twenty cigarettes smoked everyday for one year. It is a way to measure the amount a person has smoked over a long period of time. It is calculated by multiplying the number of packs of cigarettes smoked per day by the number of years the person has smoked. For example, 1 pack a year is equal to smoking 1 pack per day for 1 year, or 2 packs per day for half a year, and so on.  

The ACR, founded in 1924, is one of the largest and most influential medical associations in the United States. The ACR votes 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.

For more information about the Lung Cancer Screening Center designation, visit www.acr.org/Quality-Safety/Lung-Cancer-Screening-Center.