Among the criteria to achieve this annual designation:
Follow the ACR (American College of Radiology) guidelines for lung screenings
A multidisciplinary team that meets once a month to discuss certain cases. Mercy St. Louis' team includes individuals from Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Thoracic surgery, Pulmonary Medicine, Nursing, Radiology, Nuclear Medicine physicians, pathologists, residents and Palliative Care physicians.
Risks and benefits are discussed with the patients who meet the criteria for lung screenings
The length of time it takes for the patient to receive lung screening results and by what method
Offer smoking cessation resources with follow-up appointments