Low-dose computed tomography lung cancer screening.

  title={Low-dose computed tomography lung cancer screening.},
  author={Bryant Furlow},
  journal={Radiologic technology},
  volume={85 3},
  pages={297CT-314CT; quiz 315CT-318CT}
Lung cancers, primarily caused by tobacco smoking, are the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States and around the world. Screening of select high-risk patients using low-dose helical computed tomography (LD-CT) has been shown to reduce lung cancer mortality by 20% compared with chest radiography. However, because there are risks to LD-CT lung cancer screening, it should be performed only on current or former tobacco smokers. This article introduces readers to the epidemiology… CONTINUE READING