UPMC has established a new specialty clinic that will offer early lung cancer screening using low-dose helical CT scanning, a technique that was proven in a national trial to reduce deaths because tumors were detected early when treatment is more effective.

This new fee-for-service clinic grew out of the findings of the National Cancer Institute’s National Lung Screening Trial, a randomized national trial that involved more than 53,000 current and former heavy smokers ages 55 to 74 and compared the effects of two screening procedures for lung cancer ― low-dose helical CT scans and standard chest X-ray ― on lung cancer mortality.

 Watch Dr. Mark Gladwin and Dr. David Wilson discuss the clinic and lung screening trial: