Working with the Royal College of Physicians, the Imaging Clinical Network and the Oxford AHSN Informatics team have been cleansing and analysing national audit data for lung cancer. This information has been used to develop best practice both in diagnosis methodology and referral procedures.
This project has been piloted at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It looks at consistency in referrals for suspected lung cancer and a quicker referral pathway. Traditionally, suspected lung cancer cases receive a chest X-ray, a CT scan and then a PET-CT. The new pathway removes the CT scan allowing for the PET-CT scan to be done earlier in the patient’s journey.
This project aims to demonstrate that having a PET-CT scan earlier will allow for earlier diagnosis and swifter referral-to-treatment times leading to improvements in the patient’s overall prognosis.