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Title: Does mammographic practice affect film reading style - breast screening vs. symptomatic radiologists?
Authors: Scott, Hazel J.
Gale, Alastair G.
Keywords: PERFORMS
Breast screening
Performance
Reading styles
Radiologist
Symptomatic
Sensitivity
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: © 2006 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers
Citation: SCOTT, H.J. and GALE, A.G., 2006. Does mammographic practice affect film reading style - breast screening vs. symptomatic radiologists? IN: Jiang, Y. and Eckstein, M.P. (eds.). Medical Imaging 2006: Image Perception, Observer Performance, and Technology Assessment. Proceedings of SPIE, 6146, 61460X.
Abstract: In the UK there are two groups of radiologists who routinely read mammographic cases: Symptomatic and Screening Radiologists. We examined the performance of these two film-reading populations, Breast Screening Radiologists and Symptomatic Radiologists, to evaluate if there were group differences in their ‘style’ of reading the same set of cases. Specifically we looked at each group’s sensitivity and specificity measures. In addition we investigated if there were any individual group differences apparent in the cases which they found challenging and what (if any) were the characteristics of those cases. Data from 66 Breast Screening Radiologists and a matched group of 66 Symptomatic Radiologists were compared over a number of years (360 cases). Results are presented which demonstrate that whilst the two groups show overall similarities in performance there exist subtle underlying differences which we attribute to the differences in their everyday experience of the types of cases that they read. In conclusion, we argue that these differences are related to the volume of cases which UK Screening Radiologists read in order to maintain skill level.
Description: Copyright 2009 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers. One print or electronic copy may be made for personal use only. Systematic electronic or print reproduction and distribution, duplication of any material in this paper for a fee or for commercial purposes, or modification of the content of the paper are prohibited.
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1117/12.651705
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/6303
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