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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2013, Article ID 760543, 5 pages
Case Report

Missed Lung Cancers on the Scout View: Do We Look Every Time?

1Department of Radiology, Horton Hospital, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, Oxford OX16 9AL, UK
2Department of Radiology, Churchill Hospital, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, Oxford OX3 7LE, UK

Received 8 September 2013; Accepted 10 December 2013

Academic Editor: Martin G. Mack

Copyright © 2013 Sarfraz Ahmed Nazir et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Scout views are digital radiographs obtained to aid planning of the subsequent computed tomography (CT) examination. Review of these scout views may provide additional information not demonstrated on the axial images, but such reviews may not necessarily be performed routinely, especially in the context of abdominopelvic CT studies. We illustrate the value of the scout images by presenting a series of representative cases of missed pulmonary neoplasms in five patients who originally underwent such examinations.