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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

scans.

The LDCT test results

The

A

merican

C

ollege of

R

adiology (ACR)

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

Lung

Imaging

R

eporting

a

nd

D

ata

S

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

be managed.

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.

Review

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Lung cancer screening should be started before

cancer symptoms appear.

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Only people at high risk for lung cancer should

consider starting a screening program.

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Lung cancer screening should be done with

LDCT.

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Should you start now?

The LDCT test | Review

What you can find out:

ü

Ask your doctor or radiologist for

more information on Lung-RADS

or lung cancer screening tests like

LDCT.

ü

Check if your hospital or imaging

facility has experience with LDCT.