Lung Cancer

Frequently Asked Questions

19. Are there new ways to detect lung cancer before it starts to spread?

The best screening method for detecting lung cancer before it has spread is spiral computerized tomography or spiral CT. Spiral CT can scan the lungs from the neck to the diaphragm in less than 10 seconds, or a single breath-hold. Single x-rays have not been found to be good tools for detecting lung cancer before it starts to spread.