Using lung cancer screening as an opportunity to diagnose COPD
- Correspondence to Dr Marianne L S Tinkler, ST4, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Respiratory Department, Malborough Road, Swindon SN3 6BB, UK;
Early diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) allows increased opportunity for smoking cessation advice and treatment, which potentially improves prognosis. This single-centre, prospective cross-sectional study investigated whether screening CT scans could diagnose COPD without the need for pulmonary function testing (PFT).
One thousand one hundred and forty men, ex or current smokers (>16.5 pack year history), aged 50–75 years, …