Better selection of individuals and lung nodules in lung cancer screening News
The NELSON study recently showed that CT lung cancer screening among long-term smokers leads to lower mortality from lung cancer. With the examined screening, many people are unnecessarily tested or referred to a pulmonologist.

The NELSON-POP (personalised outcome prediction) project aims to better predict who will benefit from screening and who really needs to visit the pulmonologist. This improved selection is made possible by merging different data sources to develop personalised risk models. This includes genetic and environmental data, and information obtained with artificial intelligence from the screening CT scan.


The NELSON-POP consortium, led by Prof. Rozemarijn Vliegenthart (UMCG radiology), brings together the expertise of UMCG, Erasmus MC, UMC Utrecht, KU Leuven, Radboud UMC and MUMC+.


The KWF has granted 1.4 million euros to carry out this public-private partnership project. Consortium partner Siemens Healthineers also contributes financially to this project. In the UMCG, apart from the Radiology department, also the departments of Epidemiology and Lung Diseases are involved.