Radiologist Experience Counts

October 9, 2008 (New England Journal of Medicine)

Radiologists who spend 20% or more of their time interpreting mammograms are more likely to detect breast cancer than are their peers who spend less time reading these images, new research suggests.

"We found considerable variation in the interpretive performance of diagnostic mammography across radiologists that was not explained by the characteristics of the patients whose mammograms were interpreted," the authors report. "This variability is concerning and likely affects many women with and without breast cancer."

IMS Take: This is rocket science and as such you would not trust your son to build one simply because he was able to successfully launch that toy rocket you gave him.  So, why would you not ask the qualifications of your radiologist before going to the imaging center?

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