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Artificial Intelligence and Mammography

Recently, some researchers have suggested that artificial intelligence may eventually replace clinical radiologists in the process of breast cancer screening. Computers do not suffer fatigue and improve with technology, whereas humans are prone to error. A 2021 study published in the journal, BMJ, evaluated the test accuracy of artificial intelligence algorithms alone or in combination with radiologists across 12 independent investigations, comprising 131,822 women who underwent breast cancer screening from 2010 to May 2021. They found that in most (94%) of the artificial intelligence systems, the results were less accurate than the clinical radiologists. Consequently, the evidence does not support including artificial intelligence in breast cancer screening and currently, it remains unclear if this will ever occur. Conversely, artificial intelligence may ultimately complement clinical radiology, potentially enhancing diagnostic accuracy.

About Women’s Cancer Research Foundation The Women’s Cancer Research Foundation (WCRF) is one of Southern California’s and the nation’s most active research organizations for female cancers. We are dedicated to serving the interests of patients, families, and friends affected by women’s cancers. WCRF partners with physician-scientists nationally to make differences in women’s lives by offering hope, strength, and progress.

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