The American College of Radiology (ACR), recognized as the gold standard in medical imaging, has designated Crouse Hospital as a lung cancer screening center.
The Crouse medical imaging team, pictured here front (left to right): Patrick Hoffstead, CT Technologist; Stuart Groskin, MD; Kathryn Lumpkin, Medical Imaging Supervisor; Lois Wille, CT Technologist; Hollie Zimmerman, Radiation Safety & Compliance Coordinator and Michael Ryan, CT Technologist and back (left to right): Richard Schneider, CT Technologist; Matthew Madonia, CT Technologist; Stan Bogwicz, CT Technologist; Brad Hellwig, Director of Medical Imaging; Gregory Caplan, Quality Improvement Analyst and Steve Dlugolecki, CT Technologist, received the designation because of its demonstrated expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a set of technical specifications and completing onsite evaluations by a review team from ACR.
“This designation affirms our commitment to providing most advanced diagnostic and therapeutic services available in the region,” says Brad Hellwig, director of medical imaging at Crouse.
In early 2015, Crouse launched its Lung Cancer Screening Program to provide low-dose lung CT screening for current and former smokers at high risk for developing the disease. Finding lung cancer early, when it is most treatable, is the goal of this screening. Those wishing to receive a lung screening should consult first with a primary care physician, who will make the referral if appropriate. More information is available at crouse.org/lungscreen
Lung cancer is the second leading type of cancer and represents 13 percent of all new cancer cases in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. Approximately 400,000 patients in the United States have lung cancer. The goal of the ACR is to help facilities manage the lung cancer patient more efficiently.
Accreditation by the ACR helps assure patients that the highest level of image quality and safety is being provided. The process documents that the facility meets requirements for equipment, medical personnel and quality assurance. Since 1987, the ACR has accredited more than 38,000 facilities in 10 imaging modalities.