31 January 2022
Unilabs is launching a pilot project in Stockholm to improve lung cancer detection
Failure to detect lung cancer on Chest X-rays due to small tumor size or obscuring anatomy is a well known risk. Worst case causing a diagnostic delay beyond possible cure. CT has far superior lung cancer detection but traditionally exposes the patient to significantly higher radiation dose. Using a modern CT scanner (GE Revolution Evo) we have developed an ultra low dose CT Chest protocol with x10 lower radiation dose (0,25 mSv) compared to a standard CT Chest. (Similar dose as two Chest X-ray exams). The ultra low dose technique allows for replacing Chest X-ray with CT without dose being a significant concern for adult patients. In our pilot patients (+50 yrs) referred for Chest X-ray on suspicion of lung cancer will be offered to have Ultra Low Dose CT instead. Thus giving the patient a safer diagnostic option.
The example above shows the ultra low dose image on the left, standard dose on the right (same patient).