Thursday, October 27, 2011

COPD detection adds more bang to CT screening for lung cancer

Adding a short, low-dose sequence to a CT scan for lung cancer proved useful in identifying current and former heavy smokers with asymptomatic chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new Dutch study shows. Whether adding the ability to diagnose COPD while screening for lung cancer will make the use of CT scans for this purpose cost effective remains unclear.

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