Lung Cancer Screening Criteria Examined: CT Screening in NYC

POSTED ON MONDAY, JULY 22, 2013 AT 11:26 AM  by Dr. Marc Liebeskind

According to a study published in the July 18th issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, when the criteria for Lung Cancer screening with Computed Tomography (CT) is refined using additional patient risk factors, the screening exam is even more effective. By dividing the 26,604 CT-screened individuals from the original National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) into five risk categories, the new study found that the screening exam prevented far more deaths in the patients in higher risk categories. From this study, researchers hope to develop a risk calculator that could be used to better target lung screening in the future.

Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the United States. In 1987, it surpassed breast cancer to become the leading cause of cancer deaths in women. Lung cancer screenings in New York City with low-dose CT, available at Park Avenue Radiologists, P.C., have been proven effective in reducing lung cancer mortality by 20% in patients that met the NLST criteria.

When comparing the effectiveness of lung screenings in preventing lung cancer deaths with that of other screening exams, the low-dose CT screening exam fares positively. The new study shows that the number of people needed to be screened to prevent one lung cancer death was 161 for individuals in the highest-risk category of the study. To compare mammography, which is widely proven effective in the prevention of breast cancer deaths, has a number of 740-2,000 (depending on the analysis used) individual screenings needed to prevent one breast cancer death.

Low-dose CT screening should be recommended for those people who meet NLST criteria:

  • Current or former smokers aged 55 to 74 years
  • A smoking history of at least 30 pack-years
  • No history of lung cancer

If you meet the above criteria, or know someone who does, speak to your doctor to decide if a lung screening exam at Manhattan’s Premier Radiology Practice, Park Avenue Radiologists, P.C., is suitable for you. If you are not in this group but have concerns over your lung health, talk to your doctor about your concerns. A lung cancer screening may save your life or the life of a loved one. The risk for lung cancer varies by the individual.

Patients undergoing a screening exam should be referred to a facility, like Park Avenue Radiologists, P.C., that is committed to “best practices” for safety and employs knowledgeable expertly trained radiologists. Park Avenue Radiologists is fully licensed by the state and accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) in all modalities including MRI, CT, Ultrasound and Mammography. The ACR awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of image quality and procedures.

Park Avenue Radiologists continues to install the latest multidetector CT technology on an ongoing basis to provide the highest quality CT scans in NYC with advanced applications for angiography and cardiac studies, virtual colonoscopy and other 3D applications. The doctors and staff of Park Avenue Radiologists, P.C. take every precaution against overexposure to radiation and provide the latest, highest quality technology to all patients. Click here to learn more about the most recent developments in technology used to secure our commitment to patient safety.

The American Cancer Society’s estimates for lung cancer in the United States for 2013 are approximately 228,190 new cases of lung cancer and an estimated 159,480 deaths from lung cancer, accounting for about 27% of all cancer deaths. The best way to prevent lung cancer is to never smoke or to stop smoking now. If you are still smoking, talk to your doctor about ways to help you quit smoking.

For more information on Lung Cancer Screening with low-dose CT, contact us at or call 212-888-1000.

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Original Article, as published in the July 18th issue of the New England Journal of Medicine: NEJM: Refining lung cancer screening criteria boosts CT efficacy 

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