Health Screening for Asbestos Workers - Germany
- Date: Wednesday 27th February 2013
In the Autumn 2013 the German authorities will begin a High Resolution Computed Tomography (HRCT) screening program for former asbestos workers at high risk of contracting lung cancer.
Edmund Mannes of the Berufsgenossenschaften, the German statutory accident insurance scheme for companies, will be in charge of this project. Initially, a cohort comprised of 1,000 workers will be examined.
This initiative is an expansion of German programs designed to provide early diagnoses of asbestos-related diseases which have been ongoing since the 1970s; previously, medical tests and physical examinations have been offered but not HRCTs.