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Cancer. 1980 Jul 15;46(2):408-14.

Improved detection of human breast lesions following experimental training.


This study was designed to evaluate the effect of breast examination training with silicone models on the detection of lesions in natural breast tissue. Six women with a total of 13 benign breast lumps were examined by 20 trainees before and after a 20--30 minute training session or a period of unrelated activity. Following the training, percentage of correct detections, duration of examination, and reports of false positives increased. Confidence in correct detections and false positives also increased, although confidence in correct detections was greater than confidence in false positives. The results indicate the effectiveness of the training and suggest a need for a more complex model for training discrimination between normal nodularity and breast lesions.

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