How Accurate is a Mammogram?

December 13, 2007

Accuracy of Diagnostic Mammogram Interpretation Varies by Work Setting

Radiologists at academic medical centers are more likely to interpret diagnostic mammograms accurately than those at non-academic centers, according to researchers here.

So found a review
of 123 radiologists who interpreted 35,895 diagnostic mammography
examinations at 72 facilities that contribute data to the Breast Cancer
Surveillance Consortium, Diana L. Miglioretti, Ph.D., of Group Health
Cooperative, and colleagues reported online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

After
controlling for patient characteristics, radiologists working in
academic medical centers achieved a median sensitivity of 88% (95% CI:
77% to 94%) versus a median sensitivity rating of 76% (95% CI: 72% to
79%) for non-academic radiologists.

So found a review
of 123 radiologists who interpreted 35,895 diagnostic mammography
examinations at 72 facilities that contribute data to the Breast Cancer
Surveillance Consortium, Diana L. Miglioretti, Ph.D., of Group Health
Cooperative, and colleagues reported online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

After
controlling for patient characteristics, radiologists working in
academic medical centers achieved a median sensitivity of 88% (95% CI:
77% to 94%) versus a median sensitivity rating of 76% (95% CI: 72% to
79%) for non-academic radiologists.

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