Journal article

Comparing search patterns in digital breast tomosynthesis and full-field digital mammography: an eye tracking study.

Avi Aizenman, Trafton Drew, Krista A Ehinger, Dianne Georgian-Smith, Jeremy M Wolfe

J Med Imaging (Bellingham) | Published : 2017


As a promising imaging modality, digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) leads to better diagnostic performance than traditional full-field digital mammograms (FFDM) alone. DBT allows different planes of the breast to be visualized, reducing occlusion from overlapping tissue. Although DBT is gaining popularity, best practices for search strategies in this medium are unclear. Eye tracking allowed us to describe search patterns adopted by radiologists searching DBT and FFDM images. Eleven radiologists examined eight DBT and FFDM cases. Observers marked suspicious masses with mouse clicks. Eye position was recorded at 1000 Hz and was coregistered with slice/depth plane as the radiologist scrolled th..

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