Approximately 25% of lung cancer cases can be missed due to false-negative chest X-ray results. This often leads to a delay in diagnosis and can result in a worse prognosis for the patient.
If there are still suspicions of lung cancer following a normal chest X-ray result, the patient should be referred for a CT scan or as a suspected cancer referral to rule out the possibly of lung cancer.
In GatewayC’s Lung Cancer – Early Diagnosis course, Dr Matthew Evison, Consultant Chest Physician, discusses the sensitivity of chest X-rays and how reliable they are for diagnosing lung cancer.
Find out more:
- Access GatewayC’s Lung Cancer – Early Diagnosis course here
- Read BJGP: Sensitivity of chest X-ray for detecting lung cancer in people presenting with symptoms: a systematic review here