Lung lesions: correlation between viewing time and detection.

Abstract:

:The influence of viewing time on the detectability of subtle and obvious lung cancers was studied. Frontal chest radiographs of 40 patients with subtle cancers, 40 patients with obvious cancers, and 40 healthy control subjects were shown to four observers for four different viewing times (0.25 second, 1 second, 4 seconds, and unlimited time). Receiver operating characteristic analysis was used to compare the detectability of lesions. Performance was degraded as viewing time decreased. The true-positive fractions for subtle and obvious cancers were 30% and 70% at 0.25 second and 74% and 98% at unlimited viewing time, respectively, for a given false-positive fraction of 20%. Thus, even with unlimited viewing time, the false-negative fraction for subtle cancers was 26%. The difference in detectability between subtle and obvious lung cancers was exaggerated at 1.0 second compared with 4 seconds and unlimited viewing time. The following conclusions were reached: (a) a substantial proportion of subtle lung lesions are missed, even with unlimited viewing time; (b) a large proportion of obvious lung cancers are detected with flash viewing; (c) the detectability of lesions decreases considerably as viewing time becomes less than 4 seconds; and (d) differences in detectability are exaggerated by short viewing times.

journal_name

Radiology

journal_title

Radiology

authors

Oestmann JW,Greene R,Kushner DC,Bourgouin PM,Linetsky L,Llewellyn HJ

doi

10.1148/radiology.166.2.3336720

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

1988-02-01 00:00:00

pages

451-3

issue

2

eissn

0033-8419

issn

1527-1315

journal_volume

166

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