Lung Cancer Tests Less Effective where Infectious Lung Disease is Common

September 23, 2014 8:38 PM

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Lung Cancer Tests Less Effective where Infectious Lung Disease is Common

Screening for health diseases is an important preventive measure. However, in some cases, tests can lead to false positives, resulting in more testing that might not be needed. In a new study, researchers reported that lung cancer diagnostic tests, in particular, become less effective when conducted in areas where infectious lung disease is a common health problem.

For this study, the researchers analyzed 70 studies that examined the use of different diagnostic screening tools, which included the imaging procedure of fludeoxyglucose F18 (FDG)-positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT). The diagnostic procedures were used to look for lung c...

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