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Clin Radiol. 2011 Jun;66(6):536-9. doi: 10.1016/j.crad.2011.01.009. Epub 2011 Mar 5.

Digital infrared thermal imaging (DITI) of breast lesions: sensitivity and specificity of detection of primary breast cancers.

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Department of Breast Surgery and Radiology, Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Trust, London, UK.

Abstract

AIM:

To determine the sensitivity and specificity of digital infrared thermal imaging (DITI) in a series of women who underwent surgical excision or core biopsy of benign and malignant breast lesions presenting through the symptomatic clinic.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

DITI was evaluated in 63 symptomatic patients attending a one-stop diagnostic breast clinic.

RESULTS:

Thermography had 90 true-negative, 16 false-positive, 15 false-negative and 5 true-positive results. The sensitivity was 25%, specificity 85%, positive predictive value 24%, and negative predictive value 86%.

CONCLUSION:

Despite being non-invasive and painless, because of the low sensitivity for breast cancer, DITI is not indicated for the primary evaluation of symptomatic patients nor should it be used on a routine basis as a screening test for breast cancer.

PMID:
21377664
DOI:
10.1016/j.crad.2011.01.009
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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