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
If a routine physical exam reveals swollen lymph nodes above the collarbone, a mass in the abdomen, weak breathing, abnormal sounds in the lungs, dullness when the chest is tapped, abnormalities of the pupils, weakness or swollen veins in one of the arms, or even changes in the fingernails, a doctor may suspect a lung tumor. Some lung cancers produce abnormally high blood levels of certain hormones or substances, such as calcium. If a person shows such evidence and no other cause is apparent, a doctor...