Are high-tech mammograms more accurate?

July 27, 2011 2:04:48 PM PDT
A new report questions the worth of Computer Assisted Detection (CAD) mammograms.

It works almost like a spell-check, looking for potential abnormalities on a mammogram that a radiologist might otherwise miss.

A study in the Journal Of The National Cancer Institute analyzed detection rates of facilities that did and didn't use CAD. Authors say CAD use increased false positive results and did not improve the detection of real abnormalities.

Researchers say it's possible some radiologists don't use CAD to its full effect, but they also say the additional cost for the technology may outweigh potential benefits.

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