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Mammography—Variables Associated with Accuracy


Mammography and CAD

CAD systems are designed to help radiologists read mammograms by highlighting suspicious regions such as clustered microcalcifications and masses.[35] Generally, CAD systems increase sensitivity and decrease specificity [36] and increase detection of DCIS.[37] Several CAD systems are in use. One large population-based study comparing recall rates and breast cancer detection rates before and after the introduction of CAD systems found no change in either rate.[35,38] Another large study noted an increase in recall rate and increased DCIS detection but no improvement in cancer detection rate.[37]


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