NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Lung Cancer Screening, Version 1.2017
After the test
You may not learn of the results for a few days
since a radiologist needs to look at and interpret the
pictures. The radiologist will send the test results to
your doctor or directly to you. A radiologist is a doctor
who’s an expert in reading imaging tests like LDCT
The LDCT test results
recommends that the LDCT machine meet certain
standards of quality when used for a test. The ACR
is an association of experts in radiology. The ACR
put together a
ystem (Lung-RADS). A radiologist can use this
system to look at pictures of your lungs to determine
what the results mean. He or she can recommend
how abnormalities found on the LDCT tests should
More about Lung-RADS
This system has been shown to improve the ability
to find lung cancer. It has lowered the number of
abnormalities found on LDCT that are suspicious for
lung cancer, but that are not actually lung cancer.
These abnormalities are known as false-positive
results. These results say that cancer has been
found when it actually hasn’t. False-positive results
can lead to additional testing that isn’t needed.
The LDCT should be done by medical staff trained
in screening for lung cancer. Learn more about
screening sites in Part 6.
Lung cancer screening should be started before
cancer symptoms appear.
Only people at high risk for lung cancer should
consider starting a screening program.
Lung cancer screening should be done with
Should you start now?
The LDCT test | Review
What you can find out:
Ask your doctor or radiologist for
more information on Lung-RADS
or lung cancer screening tests like
Check if your hospital or imaging
facility has experience with LDCT.