How Widely Is Computer-Aided Detection Used in Screening and Diagnostic Mammography?

Department of Radiology, Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR (Impact Factor: 2.28). 10/2010; 7(10):802-5. DOI: 10.1016/j.jacr.2010.05.019
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ABSTRACT The aim of this study was to determine how widely computer-aided detection (CAD) is used in screening and diagnostic mammography and to see if there are differences between hospital facilities and private offices.
The nationwide Medicare Part B fee-for-service databases for 2004 to 2008 were used. The Current Procedural Terminology(®) codes for screening and diagnostic mammography (both digital and screen film) and the CAD add-on codes were selected. Procedure volume was compared for screening vs diagnostic mammography and for hospital facilities vs private offices.
From 2004 to 2008, Medicare screening mammography volume increased slightly from 5,728,419 to 5,827,326 (+2%), but the use of screening CAD increased from 2,257,434 to 4,305,595 (+91%). By 2008, CAD was used in 74% of all screening mammographic studies. During this same time period, the Medicare volume of diagnostic mammography declined slightly from 1,835,700 to 1,682,026 (-8%), but the use of diagnostic CAD increased from 360,483 to 845,461 (+135%). By 2008, CAD was used in 50% of all diagnostic mammographic studies. In hospital facilities in 2008, CAD was used in 70% of all screening mammographic studies, compared with 81% in private offices. For diagnostic mammography in 2008, CAD was used in 48% in hospitals, compared with 55% in private offices.
Despite some operational drawbacks to using CAD, radiologists have embraced it in an effort to improve cancer detection. Its use has grown rapidly, and in 2008, it was used in three-quarters of all screening mammographic studies and half of all diagnostic mammographic studies. Women undergoing either screening or diagnostic mammography are more likely to receive CAD if they go to a private office than if they go to a hospital facility, although the differences are not great.

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In Chapter 2, two machine learning techniques, namely support vector machines and Bayesian networks, were evaluated for characterizing masses as either benign or malignant. In addition, the effectiveness of dimension reduction (principal component analysis) and normal distribution transformation (Manly transformation) were investigated. It was found that the area under the ROC curve (Az) of the naive Bayesian classifier increased significantly (p=0.0002) when the Manly transformation was used, from Az = 0:767 to Az = 0:795. The Manly transformation did not result in a significant change for support vector machines. The difference between the support vector machines and the naive Bayesian classifiers using the transformed data set was not statistically significant (p=0.78). Applying dimension reduction in the form of PCA improved the classification accuracy of both classifiers, but the difference between the two classifiers after applying PCA was not statistically significant. 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Based on the output of a correspondence classifier that classified region pairs into the four possible types, the selection of training patterns to train the multi-view CAD system was biased. In that way, the training could be focussed towards improvement of case-based detection performance. The method was tested on 454 mammograms consisting of 4 views with a malignant region visible in at least one of the views. Case based evaluation showed a mean sensitivity improvement of 4.7% in the range of 0.01-0.5 false positives per image. Mammographic CAD systems that are currently used in clinical practice focus only on the problem of perception errors; however, misinterpretation is a far more common cause of missing breast cancer in screening than perceptual oversights. In Chapter 6 it was investigated if a workstation that allows readers to probe image locations for the presence of CAD information while reading mammograms could improve detection performance. If a CAD finding was present on the queried location, it was displayed with the computer estimated malignancy score. The approach was evaluated using an observer study with nine readers (four screening radiologists and five non-radiologists). The participants read 120 cases of which 40 cases had a malignant mass that was missed at the original screening. The performance of the average reader significantly increased with interactive CAD at low false-positive rates from 25.1% to 34.8%, without affecting reading time. It was found that in addition to using CAD in the traditional way to avoid perception errors, there is a large potential for using CAD as a decision aid to reduce interpretation failures. In Chapter 7 it was investigated if the interactive computer-aided detection (CAD) system introduced in 6 increases mass detection performance in comparison to the regular CAD prompting systems currently used in clinical practice. An observer study was conducted in which six certified screening radiologists and three residents read 200 difficult cases. Results show that the reader sensitivity increased significantly (p < 0:01) when interactive CAD was used (58.5%) compared to both reading without CAD (51.2%) and reading with CAD prompts (51.1%). There was no significant difference found in the number of unreported abnormal cases when mammograms were read with interactive CAD compared to reading with prompting CAD or to reading without CAD. In the last chapter it was investigated if the interactive method of presenting CAD results could also improve the usefulness of CAD in another application, namely the detection of nodules in chest radiographs. The effect of prompts and interactive use of CAD for detecting chest nodules was compared. Six readers read 247 chest radiographs that were selected from the publicly available JSRT database. The CAD results were taken from the commercially available CAD system (Riverain OnGuard™5.0). It was shown that with CAD prompting, mean sensitivity of the readers increased significantly from 35.2% to 42.8%. When using interactive CAD, the performance of the average reader increased significantly to 49.5%. This showed that CAD as a decision aid can improve readers’ nodule detection performance compared to the traditional use of CAD prompts, in particular at low false positive rates.
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