CT screening for lung cancer: not ready for routine practice.


Journal Article

Lung cancer continues to be a major worldwide health problem. Multiple strategies are being explored in an attempt to reduce lung cancer mortality, including a renewed interest in screening. Multiple low-dose spiral computed tomography (CT) trials have been proposed, as proponents predict that small nodules will represent early-stage disease and detecting them will ultimately translate into improvements in outcomes. At this time, however, only prevalence-screening data are available, and it remains to be seen if CT will truly reduce mortality. The appropriate hypothesis-driven studies still must be performed and the results carefully analyzed before CT screening for lung cancer can be accepted as the standard of care.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Patz, EF; Black, WC; Goodman, PC

Published Date

  • December 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 221 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 587 - 591

PubMed ID

  • 11719648

Pubmed Central ID

  • 11719648

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0033-8419

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1148/radiol.2213001643


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States