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Low-dose CT replacing X-ray as standard screening for lung cancer

KEY POINT

More early-stage lung cancers were detected by low-dose computed tomography (CT) than by chest radiography, according to results from the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST). Findings suggest a decrease in mortality from lung cancer can be achieved in the United States through this strategy.

SOURCES

The National Lung Screening Trial Research Team. Results of initial low-dose computed tomographic screening for lung cancer. N Engl J Med. 2013;368:1980–91.