BreastScreen Reader Assessment Strategy
BREAST success at RANZCR workshop
The BREAST team had a wonderful time in Adelaide for the RANZCR conference and our workshop in October 2022. It was lovely to put names to faces and be able to host a BREAST workshop in person at RANZCR after a 3-year hiatus. It was such a success!
In summary, there were a total of 46 readers including 37 radiologists and 9 radiology trainees participating at the workshops. We had 19 completions in DBT Sydney, 22 completions of Northern Territory, 5 completions of Queenstown and 10 for the newly released extended ACT test set. Among the participants, there were 8 readers completing multiple test sets, what a fabulous turn out!
We would love to see you again and more at our next conference workshop: We are organising one for the next Breast Imaging Group (BIG) set for March 2023 in Adelaide once again. Hope to see you there.
Just a reminder, BREAST has upgraded our online platform that now enables all readers to utilise our test sets without the need for PACS.
Our next newsletter will be sent out in November 2022, and please follow us on twitter for all the newest updates #Syd_Breast.
High quality breast imaging and accurate image assessment are critical to the early diagnoses, treatment and management of women with cancer. Mammography is the primary diagnostic tool for detecting breast cancer with 800,000 women X-rayed annually in Australia however, it fails to detect 30% of breast cancers, with many missed cancers being visible on the image. The BreastScreen Reader Assessment Strategy (BREAST) monitors mistakes, identify reasons for mammographic errors and create innovative solutions to reduce errors.
BREAST is based on digital screen reading test sets designed to assess the performance of radiologists and radiology registrars. Developed by a team of researchers at the University of Sydney in collaboration with Cancer Institute NSW in 2011, BREAST has made it possible for thousands of clinicians to assess their performance on high-quality test sets in mammography and digital breast tomosynthesis, at workshops and in their own clinics. This immediate feedback is made possible through the online app, BreastAustralia. To view how BreastAustralia works, check out our video.
The data generated by BREAST are de-identified and used for further research in the fields of radiology performance, perception science, medical imaging technologies, breast imaging optimisation, and other domains.
These features make BREAST a powerful radiology training and research tool that is being used in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Middle East, and Europe.