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Assisting the radiologist to greater accuracy
Author(s): David J. Getty
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Paper Abstract

We have developed a method for improving the accuracy of image-based diagnosis by providing the radiologist with image-reading and decision-making aids. The image-reading aid is a checklist of visual features to guide the radiologist through a systematic assessment of the features of a detected abnormality. The decision aid is a computer-based statistical decision rule that accepts the feature assessments made by the radiologist, and returns an advisory estimate of the probability that disease is present. I discuss the steps involved in developing and testing these aids, and present illustrative examples of their successful application in mammography. I describe other possible benefits of a feature-based diagnostic system in improving report standardization, training of radiologists, quality assurance, and automated report-writing. Finally, I discuss potentially greater improvements in diagnostic accuracy that may be realized through the future development of hybrid systems in which a radiologist and computer interact, and systems combining features from multiple tests or sources.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 April 1996
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 2708, Medical Imaging 1996: Physics of Medical Imaging, (11 April 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.237773
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David J. Getty, Bolt, Beranek, and Newman Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2708:
Medical Imaging 1996: Physics of Medical Imaging
Richard L. Van Metter; Jacob Beutel, Editor(s)

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