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How can radiologists become champions for lung cancer screening?

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“At our institution, the implementation of a multidisciplinary lung cancer screening (LCS) program has been key to improving appropriate utilization of LCS. By tying our LCS program into existing lung cancer infrastructure — including multidisciplinary tumor boards and dedicated pulmonary nurse navigators — we have been able to streamline the follow-up process for our patients who have positive results without burdening referring primary care physicians.”

— Jennifer Buckley, MD, chief resident at the University of Missouri in Kansas City

“ Radiologists have a history of screening with the intent of ensuring healthy populations, starting with mammography. We can learn from and build on those experiences when facing our populations at risk for lung cancer. Help initiate or embed yourself within high-risk lung clinics. Being a known face in our community of primary care providers, pulmonologists, and thoracic surgery colleagues will only further those efforts. Additionally, voice your expertise alongside your congressional representatives, both at the state and federal levels, to preserve access to life-saving screening exams.”

— Christopher R. McAdams, MD, assistant professor in the department of radiology and imaging sciences at Emory University in Atlanta

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