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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Internet May be Answer to Mammography Crisis

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Women's Health Weekly
via NewsEdge Corporation

Through a series of tests, the researchers determined that digital mammograms sent to the remote workstation were identical to the original images. The analysis included comparison of image quality, file sizes, CAD markings and image interpretation by an independent reader.

"These results suggest that regional interpretation centers could be established to improve the accuracy and efficiency of screening mammography, reduce screening backlogs and aid underserved areas," Melton said. He envisions reconfiguring the way mammograms are interpreted by creating regional Centers of Excellence, where highly skilled radiologists would read digital mammograms transmitted from multiple centers.

"Finding more breast cancers earlier, which I believe we can do through digital mammography and Centers of Excellence, will significantly reduce the number of women dying from breast cancer," he said.

Coauthors are Peter D. Esser, PhD, Suzanne J. Smith, MD, and Philip O. Alderson, MD.

This article was prepared by Women's Health Weekly editors from staff and other reports. Copyright 2006, Women's Health Weekly via NewsRx.com.

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