Artificial intelligence (AI) support systems for reading mammograms can improve a radiologist’s ability to detect cancers, according to a new study published in Radiology. Using the system, the authors added, does not lengthen the overall reading time.
The study included screening mammograms from 240 women performed between 2013 and 2017. The median patient age was 62 years old. The 240 examinations included 100 that showed cancers, 40 that led to false-positive recalls and 100 from healthy patients.
The AI support system used in the study was designed to automate breast cancer detection in both mammography and digital breast tomosynthesis. It can be used with equipment from numerous vendors and was “trained, validated and tested” with more than 9,000 mammograms with cancer and more than 9,000 without cancer, according to the study. During the study, a team of 14 radiologists interpreted the exams twice, once without AI support and once with AI support.