Improved diagnostic tests, such as CT scans of the chest, are allowing doctors to detect more lung lesions in people without any symptoms of disease. Determining whether a lung nodule is benign or malignant is often difficult, even for the most experienced radiologists. Many patients are referred to surgery too quickly, undergoing surgery unnecessarily.
The Indeterminate Lung Nodule Clinic brings together a multidisciplinary team of lung disease experts to effectively monitor developments or changes of lung nodules in each patient. Our team of physicians with special expertise in disorders of the chest includes a surgeon, pulmonologist, radiologist and other specialists.
Each patient’s evaluation includes:
The University of Maryland Medical Center has one of the largest general thoracic surgery programs in the country. Our program was the first in the U.S. to develop and use video-assisted thoracoscopy, which allows surgeons to complete procedures through small incisions, usually made between the ribs.
For those who do need surgery, our surgical specialties include:
Patients referred to the clinic will meet with a team of physicians within 48 hours of their referral, and will have a consultation and evaluation that same day.
For more information on the Indeterminate Lung Nodule Clinic, please call 410-328-6366 (patients) or 1-800-373-4111 (physicians).