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Detecting Breast Cancer Depends On the Doctor

December 12, 2007

Today’s Chicago Tribune reports on a study of differences in the quality of mammogram diagnoses. “In a stark reminder of the limitation of the common diagnostic test, the researchers found wide variation in radiologists’ ability to detect cancer in breast X-rays, with some missing as many as 7 out of 10 cases…. The radiologists who were most accurate — that is, had the highest sensitivity without too many false alarms — tended to be those based at academic medical centers.”