Lung Cancer Tests Less Effective where Infectious Lung Disease is Common

September 23, 2014 8:38 PM

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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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