The value of routine cranial computed tomography in neurologically intact patients with primary carcinoma of the lung

Radiology. 1979 May;131(2):399-401. doi: 10.1148/131.2.399.


The most common cerebral metastatic lesion is from carcinoma of the lung. Preoperative cranial computed tomography (CCT) with contrast enhancement was performed in 55 neurologically intact patients with a diagnosis of bronchogenic carcinoma; 3 patients (5%) demonstrated cerebral metastasis. CCT could spare a significant number of such patients from unnecessary surgery, with a net saving substantially greater than its cost.

MeSH terms

  • Brain Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*
  • Carcinoma, Bronchogenic / pathology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Metastasis
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*