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Study: Trained Experts Can Spot Breast Cancer in 'Blink of an Eye'

Posted 29 Aug 2016 by

MONDAY, Aug. 29, 2016 – Trained radiologists can identify abnormal mammograms in a half-second, a new study says. The experiments by American and British researchers confirm anecdotes about experienced radiologists' ability to quickly determine when a breast X-ray is suspicious. While radiologists would never spend only a half-second to assess a real mammogram, these results suggest there are detectable signs of breast cancer that radiologists notice immediately, the study authors said. "Radiologists can have 'hunches' after a first look at a mammogram. We found that these hunches are based on something real in the images," study senior author Jeremy Wolfe said. "It's really striking that in the blink of an eye, an expert can pick up on something about that mammogram that indicates abnormality." Wolfe heads the Visual Attention Laboratory at Brigham and Women's Hospital and is a ... Read more

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