European Radiology

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CAD for mammography: the technique, results, current role and further developments

  • Ansgar MalichEmail author
  • Dorothee R. Fischer
  • Joachim Böttcher


CAD systems, developed to assist the radiologist in the detection of suspicious lesions on mammograms, are currently controversially discussed. The highly sensitive detection of malignant structures including priors by CAD is linked with a low specific performance and a high rate of falsely positive markings. This causes controversial results regarding the effect of CAD systems for the diagnosing radiologist. This review aims to give an overview of the current literature, to state the currently discussed controversial results of CAD and to give an outlook on the next developments, which are not limited to senology, but include many other applications of CAD systems in radiology.


Breast X-ray Cancer CAD 



During this work on CAD systems, I was supported by many colleagues, especially by Dr. Werner A. Kaiser, whom I thank for his contributions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ansgar Malich
    • 1
    Email author
  • Dorothee R. Fischer
    • 2
  • Joachim Böttcher
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Diagnostic RadiologyNordhausenGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional RadiologyFriedrich Schiller University of JenaJenaGermany

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