Scottsdale Medical Imaging, Scottsdale, Ariz., has launched a new Web site, www.checkmylungs.com, to raise awareness of the importance of early detection of lung disease.

The site provides background information and resources along with details on how to access an appropriate screening program. The site also features an assessment tool to help visitors determine if lung cancer screening is right for them and to encourage discussion with their primary care physician.

Annual lung cancer screening using low-dose CT scans was recently recommended by the US Preventive Services Task Force for those at high risk - current smokers between the ages of 55 and 79 who have smoked the equivalent of a pack a day or more for 30 years and have smoked within the past 15 years.

The Task Force recommendation is that screening be performed only in clinical settings that follow evidence-based screening guidelines and use a multidisciplinary team of lung cancer specialists.

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