BreastScreen Reader Assessment Strategy
New BREAST test sets:
‘Junior training’ and ‘Calcification’
In 2023, the BREAST team and esteemed senior radiology colleagues have been busy curating new test sets. Released earlier in May, the ‘Junior Training’ test set is aimed for radiology registrars/trainees, with extended feedback and a wide-range of cases that makes it a perfect entry-level test set. If you are a radiologists with trainees under your wing and would like them to have access to our test sets for training, please get in touch with Mel, the BREAST manager in our contacts.
Additionally, we just released our new ‘Calcification’ test set at this year’s RANZCR in October. This test set is smaller than our usual, with only 30 cases, but all have calcifications at varying degrees of difficulty. For those readers registered with us and work for BreastScreen Australia and/or a radiology trainee, this test set will be deployed to all eligible accounts in early 2024.
Just a reminder, BREAST has upgraded our online platform that now enables all readers to utilise our test sets without the need for PACS.
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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.