Debra Wood, RN
The purpose of screening is early diagnosis and treatment. Screening tests are administered to people without current symptoms, but who may be at high risk for certain diseases or conditions.
Though some vary slightly, most professional guidelines recommend that you and your doctor discuss the risks and benefits of lung cancer screening if you:
Screening is done with a low-dose
CT scan. A CT scan is a series of x-rays put together by a computer to create images of the lung.
Lung cancer screening. American Lung Association website. Available at:
http://www.lung.org/lung-health-and-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/lung-cancer/diagnosing-and-treating/lung-cancer-screening.html. Accessed July 26, 2016.
Lung cancer screening. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at:
http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T901808/Lung-cancer-screening. Updated August 9, 2016. Accessed October 6, 2016.
10/1/2013 DynaMed Plus Systematic Literature Surveillance
http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T901808/Lung-cancer-screening: Manser R, Lethaby A, Irving LB,et al. Screening for lung cancer. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013;(6):CD001991.
Last reviewed September 2016 by Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
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