The Role of Imaging in Health Screening: Screening for Specific Conditions

David H. Ballard, Kirsteen R. Burton, Nikita Lakomkin, Shannon Kim, Prabhakar Rajiah, Midhir J. Patel, Parisa Mazaheri, Gary J. Whitman

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There are well-established and emerging screening examinations aimed at identifying malignant and nonmalignant conditions at early, treatable stages. The Radiology Research Alliance's “Role of Imaging in Health Screening” Task Force provides a comprehensive review of specific imaging-based screening examinations. This work reviews and serves as a reference for screening examinations for breast and colon cancer in a healthy population along with screening for lung cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma, and the use of whole body magnetic resonance imaging in at-risk individuals. American College of Radiology scoring systems, along with case-based examples, are included to illustrate the different disease entities. The future of screening is discussed, particularly in the context of artificial intelligence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)548-563
Number of pages16
JournalAcademic radiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2021


  • Breast cancer screening
  • CT colonography
  • Imaging screening
  • Lung cancer screening
  • Whole body MRI


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