Screening for cancer with computed tomography: History repeats itself in another manifestation of “executive physical examinations”

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7404.1458 (Published 26 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1458
  1. Alan P Zelicoff (zalan8587@uswest.net), senior scientist
  1. Center for National Security and Arms Control, Sandia National Laboratories, Mail Stop 1363, PO Box 589, Albuquerque, NM 87185-5800, USA

    EDITOR—For decision analysts Swensen's review of computed tomography screening is both refreshing to see and at the same time wholly unsurprising.1 The risks from false positive results are made clear even for non-quantitatively oriented clinicians, and questions are raised on other expensive screening procedures and unsubstantiated recommendations from so called medical centres of excellence.

    In the United States countless companies and hospital consortia …

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