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September 27, 2000

Better Digital Mammograms

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JAMA. 2000;284(12):1506. doi:10.1001/jama.284.12.1506-JQU00007-2-1

If a picture is worth a thousand words, accurate digital mammography readings may be worth a few new kinds of image processing programs.

In the September issue of Radiology, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine report that digital mammography is most effective when different types of computerized image processing programs are used to evaluate different types of breast abnormalities.

In the study, 12 radiologists compared digital images made by three commercial processors with traditional film images. All the images were taken from 28 patients with previously diagnosed breast abnormalities. The radiologists then selected the images they preferred to use in making diagnoses. When they chose the digital images, the radiologists preferred different forms of processing for various mammography reading tasks and for evaluating different kinds of lesions.

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