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Health Agencies Update
May 23/30, 2007

Breast Cancer Detection

JAMA. 2007;297(20):2188. doi:10.1001/jama.297.20.2188-b

Computer-aided detection (CAD) software that analyzes mammogram images and marks suspicious areas for radiologists is designed to improve interpretation of screening mammograms. But it may instead make readings less accurate, according to new research by investigators at the University of California Davis Health System, in Sacramento, and colleagues in the National Cancer Institute–sponsored Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium (Fenton JJ et al. N Engl J Med. 2007;356:1399-1409).