Batch reading, the process of interpreting screening mammograms during a set-aside block of time in a quiet environment that prevents interruption or distraction, can significantly reduce the number of patients who have to return for additional mammograms—although few hospitals use it, say researchers from the University of Wisconsin.
For the study, the researchers analyzed the recall and cancer detection rates for 9,522 screening mammograms, 1,538 of which were interpreted by batch reading. They found that recall rates were 20.1% without batch reading and 16.2% with batch reading and that the accuracy of cancer detection was not adversely affected.
According to the authors, methods of reading screening mammograms can be categorized as batch reading or non-batch reading. Non-batch reading refers to reading screening mammograms in the midst of other duties such as diagnostic mammograms, phone calls, consultations with referring physicians or procedures—in other words, with continual interruptions.
Keri Sperry | EurekAlert!
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