E-ISSN 2587-0831
Original Article
3D Automated Breast Ultrasound System: Comparison of Interpretation Time of Senior Versus Junior Radiologist
1 Department of Radiology, Acıbadem Mehmet Ali Aydınlar University School of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey  
2 Department of Biomedical Engineering, Yeditepe University School of Engineering, İstanbul, Turkey  
Eur J Breast Health 2019; 15: 153-157
DOI: 10.5152/ejbh.2019.4468
Key Words: Automated breast ultrasound, breast ultrasonography, breast cancer, interpretation time of ABUS, average time of ABUS

Objective: This study aimed to compare the automated breast ultrasound system (ABUS) reading time of breast radiologist to a radiology resident independent of the clinical outcomes.


Materials and Methods: One hundred women who underwent screening ABUS between July and August 2017 were reviewed retrospectively. Each study was examined sequentially by a breast radiologist who has more than 20 years of experience in breast radiology and third year resident who has 6 months of experience in breast radiology. Data were analyzed with Spearman' correlation, Wilcoxon Signed Ranks Test and Kruskal-Wallis Test and was recorded.


Results: The mean age of patients was 42.02±11.423 years (age range16-66). The average time for senior radiologist was 223.36±84.334 seconds (min 118 max 500 seconds). The average time for junior radiologist was 269.48±82.895 seconds (min 150 max 628 seconds). There was a significant difference between the mean time of two radiologists (p=0.00001). There was a significant difference regarding the decrease in the reading time throughout study with the increase of number of cases read by the breast radiologist (p<0.05); but not with the resident radiologist (p=0.687). There was a correlation between BI-RADS category and reading time for both the breast radiologist and the resident (p=0.002, p=0.00043 respectively) indicating that patients who had findings caused longer reading times.


Conclusion: ABUS reading time may differ according to the experience of the user, however the times of an experienced and non-experienced user is comparable.




Cite this article as: Arslan A, Ertaş G, Arıbal E. 3D Automated Breast Ultrasound System: Comparison of Interpretation Time of Senior Versus Junior Radiologist. Eur J Breast Health 2019; 15(3): 153-157.

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