computed tomography (CT) scanner called a spiral
(helical) CT can quickly provide a scan of the lungs in half the time of a
standard CT scan. Spiral CT gets its name from the circular movement of the
scanner around your body. Spiral CT scan is being studied as a screening test
The advantages of a spiral CT scan over standard CT scanning
Although lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. in both men and women, it is also one of the most preventable kinds of cancer. At least four out of five cases are associated with cigarette smoking, and the cause-and-effect relationship has been extensively documented. During the 1920s, large numbers of men began to smoke cigarettes, presumably in response to increased advertising. Twenty years later, the frequency of lung cancer in men climbed sharply. In the 1940s, significantly...