According to a Cancer Research
The study has shown that a single trained expert plus a computer is just as effective at detecting breast cancer as the two experts who traditionally read a mammogram in the
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Prof Fiona Gilbert of
The study invited around 28,000 women to have their mammograms read both in the conventional way by two radiologists and also by a single radiologist using the computer.
Researchers found that film readers using a CAD programme – where mammograms were read by a single expert plus the computer – was as good at finding cancers as the standard
Prof Stephen Duffy, professor of cancer screening at Cancer Research
Dr Lesley Walker, director of information at Cancer Research UK, added: ‘Now we know that a computer can help give more accurate readings there is bound to be an improvement in the national screening programme, which already saves 1,400 lives a year through early detection of breast cancer.’