Friday, February 8, 2013

Clinical Computer-Aided Detection in Breast Cancer Screening

I've authored a meta-analysis on the clinical use of computer-aided detection technologies in x-ray mammographic breast cancer screening. A meta-analysis is a type of study where the scientist analyzes the literature on a particular subject. I am a young researcher and meta-analyses are typically authored by well established and senior scientists. Furthermore, the subject matter of the study is both clinical and technical making an appropriate place for its publication somewhat elusive.

I have also been fortunate enough to have just had one of my accepted articles emerge from production and is now available online at the journal Radiology - you can access it here (I cannot reproduce the article here as the journal takes out a copyright on it). That article is on computer-aided detection technologies and also discusses some of the conclusions I came to in my aforementioned meta-analysis, which up until a few days ago was still unpublished. I decided the responsible thing to do would be to publish my meta-analysis immediately on my favourite open repository, the Cornell University Arxiv. That meta-analysis is listed in their Medical Physics section and discusses challenges with respect to measuring and comparing the sensitivity of breast cancer screening with and without computer-aided detection technology. You can access the document at the arxiv here, or you can jump straight to the pdf document here.