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Computers can assist in screening for breast cancer

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A computerised system that scans mammograms and looks for suspicious growths automatically could speed up the breast cancer screening process, according to a study by Cancer Research UK.

A computerised system that scans mammograms and looks for suspicious growths automatically could speed up the breast cancer screening process, according to a study by Cancer Research UK.

The charity says that the workload of radiologists could be halved by the new system, where mammograms are read by a single expert and a computer, instead of two experts.

The research was carried out by a team from Aberdeen University who looked atmore than 10,000 mammograms, which were read by a single radiologist with the help of the computer, which prompted whento look in suspicious areas for abnormalities.

The results show the system is as good at detecting cancer as the traditional method.
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