Lung Nodule Registry Program

Lung nodules are commonly found on chest CT scans. Nodules are usually benign but can be cancerous. It is important to identify lung nodules and monitor them over time to ensure the earliest possible cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Lung nodules can lead to lung cancer which is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S.

The Lung Nodule Registry Program at National Jewish Health is the first of its kind in the country. We created a database of patients with identified lung nodules and a way to communicate with them and their doctors when follow-up CT scans are needed. This infrastructure is needed to keep a watchful eye on lung nodules for early cancer detection.


The program includes:

  • Use of structured reports by radiologists to report nodules and recommend follow-up

  • Database to track the CT scan findings and follow-up CT scans

  • Communication plan to encourage patients to return for follow-up CT scanning

  • Sending reminder communications to patients who need follow-up scans

  • Communicating to physicians regarding their patients’ follow-up CT scanning based on best evidence for high-risk and non-high-risk patients

  • Sending reminder communications to patients who are past due for follow-up CT scans

  • Sending CD copies of past CT scans to patients who may have follow-up elsewhere

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Reasons to Visit National Jewish Health

  • The leading respiratory hospital in the nation and the only one devoted fully to the treatment of respiratory and related illnesses
  • Ranked as one of the top two hospitals in pulmonology every year since U.S. News & World Report included this category in its annual “Best Hospitals” survey
  • Ranked in the top 1 percent of hospitals in the nation by HCAHPS
  • Physicians frequently recognized as among the best in the nation by multiple services, including Best Doctors in America and Castle Connolly
  • Among the top 8 percent of organizations funded for research by the NIH, providing patients access to the latest clinical trials
  • 117-year history of focus on care, research and education serving thousands of patients with lung, heart, immune and related disorders


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