CT AND LUNG CANCER
USING CT TO SCREEN FOR LUNG CANCER CAN HELP, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Can CT be helpful in screening people at risk for developing lung cancer? A large, long term study seems to conclude a resounding yes, with study participants who had screening CT living longer than those who did not. Rosalyn Juergens, a lung cancer expert at Johns Hopkins, is enthusiastic.
JUERGENS: We’ve been waiting practically a decade for the results of this study. So we were very excited to have the press release which showed a survival benefit to people who actually underwent low dose CT screening for lung cancer. As technology has improved CT scans are now faster but they’ve also figured out how to reduce the dose of the radiation that you’re exposed to during the CT scan when you get it, so this study was specifically done with the lowest dose possible of radiation. :30
Since the dangers of radiation exposure are known, the benefit of screening CT must be juxtaposed against the risk and the cost, Juergens says. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.