Volume 12 Issue 6 - June 2014
Low-Dose CT Screening for Patients at High Risk for Lung Cancer
The United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued a Grade B recommendation for low-dose CT screening for lung cancer in certain high-risk individuals who:

Are asymptomatic
Are between the ages of 55 and 80 years
Have a history of at least 30 “pack-years” of smoking
Are either current smokers or have quit in the past 15 years
Do not have co-morbidities that would prevent effective treatment for lung cancer
Annual screening reduces mortality by 20% in this high-risk population
Screening is not an alternative to quitting smoking
Screening results are presented in a structured reporting system called Lung-RADS
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©2014 MGH Department of Radiology

Janet Cochrane Miller, D. Phil., Author
Raul N. Uppot, M.D., Editor