A noteworthy experiment1 has been made in the detection of early gastric cancer by roentgenologic examinations of persons over 50 without definite symptoms of digestive disorder. Starting with patients in the surgical follow-up clinic of the Presbyterian Hospital in New York, the plan was extended to include also persons who came to the hospital whether as patient, relative or friend. It did not prove difficult to persuade people to be examined, and there was "little evidence of arousing undue fear of cancer" and "they were usually happy and grateful to know the result."
The examination has been limited to a rapid fluoroscopy of the stomach by an experienced roentgenologist to determine only whether there was evidence or not of any abnormal condition. The experiment, now interrupted by the war, does not establish definitely the value of this mass gastric fluoroscopy, but the results obtained so far are of great
AN EXPERIMENT IN THE EARLY DIAGNOSIS OF GASTRIC CANCER. JAMA. 1944;125(2):148. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850200056014