UCSF Radiology Encourages Low- dose CT with Lung Cancer Screening Program

At UCSFradiologists understand the importance of minimizing patient exposure to radiation, while obtaining the highest quality of results from CT scans. For this reason, UCSF places an emphasis on performing low- dose CT scans whenever possible. UCSF radiologists are combining new scanning protocols and imaging software to ensure maximum information with minimum radiation dosage for each scan.

State of the art imaging technology software, like GE Healthcare’s new Adaptive Statistical Iterative Reconstruction (ASIR) combined with new low- dose imaging protocols, guarantee that UCSF is leading the way in low- dose procedures, including neonatal imaging and CT- guided spinal injections for back and neck pain. UCSF radiologists put low- dose CT as a top priority, as evident through extensive research by Rebecca Smith- Bindman, MD and her team of colleagues, as well as the establishment of the Radiation Oversight Committee by the UCSF Department of Radiology, chaired by Dr. Fergus Coakley.

In light of a recent study from the National Lung Screening Trial, which showed a 20 percent reduction in lung cancer-related deaths in heavy smokers screened annually with low- dose CT as compared to standard chest X-rays, UCSF Radiology and UCSF Pulmonary have come together to establish the UCSF Lung Cancer Screening Program (LCSP). This program, which includes a low- dose CT scan and a consultation with a UCSF pulmonologist, is being offered at a discounted self-pay price.  For appropriate candidates, those aged 55- 74 years old who currently smoke or have quit smoking within the last 15 years, the LCSP is a cost effective way to potentially prolong life through early detection.

To learn more information or to schedule an appointment for the Lung Cancer Screening Program, please see here or call (415) 514-8787.