Application of artificial intelligence in lung cancer screening

Sang Min Lee, Chang Min Park

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Lung cancer is a leading cause of deaths due to cancer, worldwide. At present, low-dose computed tomography (CT) is the only established screening method for reducing lung cancer mortality. However, several challenges must be overcome, to ensure the implementation of lung cancer screening, which include a large number of expected low-dose CT examinations and relative shortage of experienced radiologists for interpreting them. The use of artificial intelligence has garnered attention in this regard. A deep learning technique, which is a subclass of machine learning methods, involving the learning of data representations in an end-to-end manner, has already demonstrated outstanding performance in medical image analysis. Several studies are exploring the possibility of deep learning-based applications in medical domains, including radiology. In lung cancer screening, computer-aided detection, report generation, prediction of malignancy in the detected nodules, and prognosis prediction can be considered for the application of artificial intelligence. This article will cover the current status of deep learning approaches, their limitations, and their potential in lung cancer screening programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)872-879
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Korean Society of Radiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2019



  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computed Tomography, X-Ray
  • Lung Neoplasms
  • Screening

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