UTEP Researchers Develop Technology to Predict Breast Cancer Appearance

UTEP Researchers Develop Technology to Predict Breast Cancer Appearance
Researchers from The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) are developing technology to predict if and when breast cancer will appear. "We're creating a breast cancer risk analysis system," said electrical engineer Wei Qian, Ph.D., who runs UTEP's Medical Imaging Informatics Lab in a recent news release. "It will be able to inform doctors about the patient's risk of developing cancer within a few years." The computer-aided detection technology is not yet complete, however, early studies have proved successful. In the study, recently published in the journal Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics, the technology had an accuracy of 70% in predicting which women are at risk of developing breast cancer by their next mammogram and which women are not. According to the researchers, the system is meant to prevent some women from getting annual mammograms unnecessarily. "For low risk populations, it would be better to increase the interval between their screenings," said Wenqing Sun, a doctoral student in electrical engineering at UTEP. "Mammograms frequently generate false positives and can be an unnecessary mental burden." Typically, the risk detection process begins with women doing regular mammograms, with X-ray images run through the system, analyzing multiple features such as breast density and texture. Breast d
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