Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Computer-Aided Detection Does Not Improve Diagnostic Accuracy Of Mammography, Study Indicates

The AP (9/29, Tanner) reports that research suggests that “computer-assisted detection used in most U.S. mammograms adds no benefit to breast cancer screening while substantially increasing costs.” The study was published in JAMA Internal Medicine. The research “involved nearly 324,000 women who had digital mammograms from 2003 to 2009.”

TIME (9/29, Sifferlin) reports that “there were 495,818 mammograms with CAD and 129,807 without and the results were interpreted by 271 radiologists from 66 different facilities.” The investigators “concluded that CAD did not improve diagnostic accuracy and overall there was no beneficial impact of CAD on mammography interpretation.”
The Seattle Times (9/29, Aleccia) reports, “The new, well-designed study may help settle years of debate, said Dr. Debra Monticciolo, chair of the American College of Radiology’s breast-imaging commission.” Dr. Monticciolo said, “I don’t think radiologists will be that surprised. It’s been back-and-forth in the literature.”       

HealthDay (9/29, Mozes) reports, “For now, the American College of Radiology states that ‘CAD, when used for screening or diagnostic film screen mammography, can be a valuable procedure to aid in the early detection of breast cancer.’”       

Aunt Minnie (9/29) reports that lead author Dr. Constance Lehman, PhD, said, “I’ve been inspired by the American College of Radiology, which is asking all of us to really own our profession and put our patients first.” Dr. Lehman added, “It’s our responsibility to bring technology into our practices that’s truly beneficial – and to make sure any new advances are rigorously tested before that happens.” Also covering the story are Healio (9/29), Medscape (9/29), Bloomberg News (9/29, Cortez), andReuters (9/29, Doyle). 


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