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If you fret over getting an accurate reading of your mammogram, you may want to make sure the radiologist reading it has a few years of experience.
A report by the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle found that the ability to accurately interpret breast cancer screening mammograms varies widely and that younger, more recently trained radiologists had two to four times more false-positive interpretations than older radiologists.
Researchers examined results of 8,734 screening mammograms from 2,169 women over an eight-and-a-half year period. Their findings:
Originally published in Ladies' Home Journal magazine, October 2002.
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