Using Computer Aided Detection in Mammography as a Decision Support

M. Samulski, R. Hupse, C. Boetes, R. Mus, G. den Heeten and N. Karssemeijer

European Radiology 2010;20(10):2323-2330

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Abstract

Objective: To evaluate an interactive computer-aided detection (CAD) system for reading mammograms to improve decision making. Methods: A dedicated mammographic workstation has been developed in which readers can probe image locations for the presence of CAD information. If present, CAD findings are displayed with the computed malignancy rating. A reader study was conducted in which four screening radiologists and five non-radiologists participated to study the effect of this system on detection performance. The participants read 120 cases of which 40 cases had a malignant mass that was missed at the original screening. The readers read each mammogram both with and without CAD in separate sessions. Each reader reported localized findings and assigned a malignancy score per finding. Mean sensitivity was computed in an interval of false-positive fractions less than 10%. Results: Mean sensitivity was 25.1% in the sessions without CAD and 34.8% in the CAD-assisted sessions. The increase in detection performance was significant (p = 0.012). Average reading time was 84.7+/- 61.5 s/case in the unaided sessions and was not significantly higher when interactive CAD was used (85.9 +/- 57.8 s/case). Conclusion: Interactive use of CAD in mammography may be more effective than traditional CAD for improving mass detection without affecting reading time.