Online resource helps radiologists implement lung cancer screening programs

The ACR has launched the Lung Cancer Screening Education Program, an online education resource that trains radiologists on how to implement a “safe and effective" lung cancer screening program.

This program aims to teach radiologists how to determine parameters for low-dose screening chest CT and help them become more familiar with nodule characteristics. In addition, radiologists can learn how to put management strategies into place, implement National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines and other lessons.

Shawn Farley, the ACR’s director of public affairs, points out that the program allows physicians to work on the go and at their own pace.

“[Physicians] can take it where they’re at,” Farley told in a phone interview. “It’s online and interactive. They can go as fast or as slow as they want to get through it rather than having to travel and get a hotel and all of that.”

Farley also pointed out that the program can help satisfy the physician continuing medical education (CME) requirements sites need to earn the ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center designation.

Eric Stern, MD, co-chair of the program, said the program offers both operational and quality support to providers.

“The ACR Lung Cancer Screening Education program helps providers quickly and efficiently implement a lung cancer screening program and demonstrate the quality of that screening to patients, payers and Medicare,” Stern said.

The ACR created a demo of the program for interested parties to try.