New mammogram technology?

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Question from Kells: What can you tell us about R2 technology and ImageChecker in mammograms?
Answers - Cecilia M. Brennecke, M.D. Computer aided detection is a way to help the radiologist interpret the mammogram. Several studies have shown that a radiologist may detect more early cancer if a computer is also allowed to analyze the images as a second reader. I used this technology in the past, and found that it aided the general radiologists particularly. Many radiologists interpret mammograms as part of many different exams that they do, including CT scans, chest X-ray, bone films, etc. and having a computer as a second reader can help that radiologist be more accurate in reading mammograms. This is another advantage of the digital revolution making computer detection easier, but it is also available for standard film mammography.

On Wednesday, July 16, 2003, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Breast Cancer Screening. Cecilia M. Brennecke, M.D. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answered your questions about mammograms, ultrasound, MRI, breast self-exams, physical exams by a doctor, and other topics related to breast cancer screening.

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