Incidental lung nodules are encountered in routine cross sectional imaging. The risk of developing cancer in very small (<5mm ) nodules is very low. However, clear-cut recommendations are still not in place with high variation in practice amongst reporting radiologists 1. As a result, it is common practice to make a 'note' of these nodules in the report and move on, leaving the ball in the clinician's court to decide whether and when to follow them up.
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- 1. Johnson DB, Powers MA, Wu S et-al. Follow-up recommendations for chest CT scan reports of incidental pulmonary nodules. Chest. 2012;141 (1): 280-1. doi:10.1378/chest.11-2157 - Pubmed citation
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