Accession Number : ADA320512

Title :   A Digital Breast Imaging Teaching File.

Descriptive Note : Annual rept. 15 Sep 95-14 Sep 96,

Corporate Author : CALIFORNIA UNIV SAN FRANCISCO

Personal Author(s) : Sickles, Edward A.

PDF Url : ADA320512

Report Date : OCT 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 10

Abstract : Because of inefficient utilization of current mammography teaching facilities and existing deficiencies in training resources for radiologists, there is a need to supplement or replace the traditional film-based method of training. The purpose of this research is to develop a digital breast imaging teaching file (DBITF) as an interactive training tool for learning and continuing education for radiologists. Two hypotheses are being investigated: (1) a comprehensive DBITF can be designed and implemented using current technology, and (2) this DBITF's interactive response-driven type of instruction is more effective than the traditional "show and tell" type of instruction used with film-based teaching files. To test these hypotheses, our current film-based breast imaging teaching file, which contains over 1,000 pathologically proved state-of-the-art imaging cases, has been converted to digital format. Current technologies in high resolution film digitization, high resolution soft-copy image display, relational database architecture, and computer-aided instruction models have been used to create a DBITF containing these cases. The effectiveness of using the DBITF to teach breast imaging interpretation will be compared with traditional passive film-based teaching. As a result of this research, we expect to develop a comprehensive DBITF as a national resource, which should be superior to other methods of teaching.

Descriptors :   *DIGITAL SYSTEMS, *TRAINING, *IMAGES, *RADIOLOGY, *BREAST CANCER, EDUCATION, MODELS, TRAINING DEVICES, STATE OF THE ART, FILMS, HIGH RESOLUTION, FORMATS, PATHOLOGY, INSTRUCTIONS, COMPUTER AIDED INSTRUCTION, ANALOG TO DIGITAL CONVERTERS, LEARNING, MAMMOGRAPHY.

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Medicine and Medical Research
      Radiobiology
      Computer Hardware
      Computer Systems
      Optics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE