Author in the Room: Computed Tomography Screening for Lung Cancer

April 2013 Author in the Room® Teleconference


Author: Phillip M. Boiselle, MD


Article: Computed Tomography Screening for Lung Cancer


Summary Points:

  • Computed tomography (CT) screening reduced lung cancer-specific mortality by 20 percent in a large randomized trial of a high-risk population
  • CT is associated with a high false-positive rate, with associated risks and costs associated with follow-up CT and the potential for more invasive diagnostic procedures
  • Physicians should consider discussing CT screening with their high-risk patients who meet criteria in published guidelines



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