Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

It's BREAST Practice; World-First Web-Based Program Monitors Radiologists' Performance

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

It's BREAST Practice; World-First Web-Based Program Monitors Radiologists' Performance

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THE University of Sydney, in partnership with BreastScreen NSW and Ziltron, has developed a pioneering web-based program to monitor the performance of radiologists in detecting and diagnosing abnormalities in breast x-rays.

The BREAST Project, which is being rolled out around the country, has the potential to improve the early detection of breast cancer through screening and, in turn, reduce breast cancer mortality and morbidity.

About 1.6 million women have mammograms each year in Australia, however, reading mammograms is one of the most challenging tasks in radiology, said program co-director Professor Patrick Brennan from the University of Sydney's Faculty of Health Sciences.

BreastScreen Australia aims to maximise the number of breast cancers diagnosed early, enabling early treatment and improving outcomes for women. The key to this is providing feedback and support to image readers.

aThe project supports this through increasing the opportunity for radiologists to monitor their performance and receive feedback following examination of series of test cases,a Prof Brennan said.

The BreastScreen Reader Assessment Strategy (BREAST) is based on a world-first web-based program of digital screen-reading test sets designed to assess the performance of the user in correctly identifying abnormalities on mammograms and in interpreting whether or not the lesions identified pose a risk of breast cancer. …

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