Research from the National Cancer Institute’s National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), found that screening with low dose computed tomography (CT) reduces lung cancer mortality by 20%. The NLST findings have led to widespread use of low dose CT scans for lung cancer screening, including at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago.

“Screening for lung cancer is not a single test or event; it’s a multidisciplinary care process,” said Eric Hart, MD, radiologist and director of thoracic imaging at Northwestern Memorial and associate professor of radiology at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. “That process begins when an at-risk individual considers screening and doesn’t end until action has been taken on the results of the CT exam.”

At Northwestern Memorial, the multidisciplinary lung cancer group includes radiologists, pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, oncologists, and pathologists who all contribute their sub-specialty expertise to ensure the highest quality of care for lung cancer patients.