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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 Affiliation: Tri-County Family Medicine, Dansville, New York (g_wittigmd@yahoo.com).

JAMA. 2013;309(7):655-656. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.157202

To the Editor: Dr Mets and colleagues1 advanced the hypothesis that CT scans intended to screen for lung cancer may provide incidental benefits such as detection of CAC, osteoporosis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). None of these benefits are supported by the weight of the evidence, and lung cancer CT scans fail to meet the standard criteria for a widely applied screening test.2