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February 20, 2013

Evaluating Other Diseases With Computed Tomographic Screening for Lung Cancer

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Jody W. Zylke, MD, Senior Editor.

Author Affiliations: Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina (Dr Huesch;; David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles (Dr Ong); and School of Pharmacy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles (Dr Doctor).

JAMA. 2013;309(7):655-656. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.157205

To the Editor: In their Viewpoint, Dr Mets and colleagues1 proposed leveraging the data contained in low-dose non–contrast-enhanced chest computed tomography (CT) scans obtained for lung cancer screening to screen for cardiovascular disease (CVD). The authors acknowledged several conceptual (eg, false-positive findings and cost-effectiveness of the lung cancer screening) and operational difficulties (eg, lack of electrocardiography synchronization).

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