Each year, nearly 3000 Norwegians develop lung cancer. Current x-ray- examinations capture only 20 percent of cases. With modern ultralow-dose CT, the radiologists hit the bull’s eye 90 per cent of the time. In Norway, no other forms of cancer take as many lives as lung cancer.
Each year, 2800 Norwegians develop the dreaded disease. Their prognosis is unpromising: six out of seven die within five years. What is especially unfortunate about lung cancer is that the tumour has ample space to grow.
It can thus grow for a long time before being detected. Most patients have their first diagnosis made by x-ray imaging. Each year, Oslo University Hospital takes 30 000 chest x-rays. Nationwide, this number exceeds one million.
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