What is the role of chest radiography in the workup of non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)?

Updated: Jul 15, 2021
  • Author: Winston W Tan, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Nagla Abdel Karim, MD, PhD  more...
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A chest radiograph is usually the first test ordered in patients in whom a lung malignancy is suggested. Clues from the chest radiograph may suggest the diagnosis of lung cancer, but may not be helpful in identifying a histologic subtype. If the tumor is clearly visible and measurable, chest radiography can sometimes be used to monitor response to therapy.

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