Development of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery guidelines for low-dose computed tomography scans to screen for lung cancer in North America: Recommendations of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery Task Force for Lung Cancer Screening and Surveillance Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Lung Neoplasms
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Thoracic Surgical Procedures
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed


  • Annual lung cancer screening and surveillance with low-dose computed tomography is recommended for smokers and former smokers with a 30 pack-year history of smoking and long-term lung cancer survivors aged 55 to 79 years. Screening may begin at age 50 years with a 20 pack-year history of smoking and additional comorbidity that produces a cumulative risk of developing lung cancer of 5% or greater over the following 5 years. Screening should be undertaken with a subspecialty qualified interdisciplinary team. Patient risk calculator application and intersociety engagement will provide data needed to refine future lung cancer screening guidelines.

publication date

  • July 2012



  • Academic Article



  • eng

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2012.05.059

PubMed ID

  • 22710038

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 25

end page

  • 32


  • 144


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