Computers Still Not a Big Help With Reading Mammograms

July 29, 2011

The Wall Street Journal

High-tech is not necessarily better.

That point was reinforced by a study published yesterday by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. It found that computer-aided detection technology, intended to help radiologists interpret mammograms, is associated with more false-positive findings but doesn’t help detect more cancers.

This study covers 1.6 million mammograms done at 90 facilities — 25 of which adopted CAD, as the software is called — between 1998 and 2006. It follows up on a smaller, previously published study that also found CAD was flawed... Read More