What are the limitations of radiography in the diagnosis of small cell lung cancer (SCLC)?

Updated: Sep 12, 2019
  • Author: Abid Irshad, MD; Chief Editor: Eugene C Lin, MD  more...
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Chest radiography has limited usefulness in detecting early SCLC. In most cases in which an abnormality is visible on a radiograph, the cancer has already metastasized. Radiography has poor sensitivity and specificity, and almost all suspicious abnormalities require further evaluation with other modalities, most often CT.


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