Breast ultrasound training scheme
© BioMed Central 2006
Published: 10 July 2006
Ultrasonography is a common follow-up procedure in breast screening to help elucidate the nature of potential abnormalities. Due to the inherent properties of the imaging modality, these images are of fairly low resolution, as compared with mammography, and therefore pose a different interpretation problem for the radiologist or imaging specialist. We describe the steps involved in the development of a PC-based training scheme for improving the interpretation of ultrasound images.
Using the existing current literature, ultrasound image features were identified. The key features and the reported difficulty that individuals had in identifying these were then logged. The construction of an image database was then undertaken with the aim of amassing both static images and video clips of imagery that posed particular interpretative challenges. Various optional interfaces that allow participants to make and record decisions are currently being assessed. Once complete, the system will be fully trialled and then will be made available freely available to UK screening personnel.