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CT Scans to Find Lung Cancer in Smokers (CHEST/ATS)

Campaign Series: Choosing Wisely
Medical Category: Imaging
Article Type: Advice
Language: Plain English, Spanish
Affiliation: American Thoracic Society, CHEST
Format: HTML, PDF
Most recent update: 05/07/2014
The CT scan is used to look for early signs of lung cancer. But it's not helpful for light smokers or people who quit smoking more than 15 years ago, not usually recommended for those under 55 or over 80, and of only small benefit to heavy smokers.