Lung Cancer Screening CT Scans Can Predict Future Cardiovascular Events

Dr. Pim A. de Jong,
Department of Radiology
University Medical Center Utrecht,
Heidelberglaan 100, E.01.132, 3508GA
Utrecht, the Netherlands.

MedicalResearch.com: What are the main findings of the study?

Dr. de Jong: The main findings of the study is that lung cancer screening CT scans can predict future cardiovascular events.

MedicalResearch.com: Where any of the findings unexpected?

Dr. de Jong: The unexpected aspect is that the CT scans were not-ECG gated, but even these non-gated scans were good enough to quantify arterial calcifications and predict risk.

MedicalResearch.com: What should patients and providers take home from this study?

Dr. de Jong: The implication is that cardiovascular prediction is possible based on CT scans obtained for another indication even when no ECG gating is
applied.

MedicalResearch.com: What further research do you recommend as a result of your report?

Dr. de Jong: Future research should aim to test whether events can be prevented
with medication and whether quality of life and survival can be
improved at reasonable costs. After that has been proven one could
think of implementation studies.

Citation:

Lung Cancer Screening CT-Based Prediction of Cardiovascular Events.

Mets OM, Vliegenthart R, Gondrie MJ, Viergever MA, Oudkerk M, de Koning HJ, Mali WP, Prokop M, van Klaveren RJ, van der Graaf Y, Buckens CF, Zanen P, Lammers JW, Groen HJ, Isgum I, de Jong PA.

JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2013 Jun 8. pii: S1936-878X(13)00332-X. doi: 10.1016/j.jcmg.2013.02.008.