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CAD: Quality Assurance of CAD Systems Implemented in Clinical Use

Z Huo

Z Huo1*, (1) Carestream Health Inc., Pittsford, NY

WE-E-217A-1 Wednesday 2:00:00 PM - 3:50:00 PM Room: 217A

Computer-aided detection/diagnosis (CAD) is increasingly used as an aid by clinicians for detection and interpretation of diseases. However, there are no quality assurance (QA) requirements on CAD in clinical use at present. Currently, research on QA of CAD systems is limited and the impact of proper QA on clinical performance with CAD is not well studied. The purpose of this course is to bring attention to these issues and inform the audience of the opinions of the members of the AAPM CAD Subcommittee. The members of the committee worked through a series of questions and reviewed various scenarios in order to understand why a CAD QA program may be needed. The committee recommends that a certain level of QA is required in order to achieve the potential benefit of a CAD system. General QA guidelines for clinical CAD systems are established. These guidelines are intended to be work items for AAPM task groups to be formed to address QA issues on CAD in the future. The work items may serve as a framework for the discussion and eventual design of detailed QA procedures for physicists and users of CAD.

Learning Objectives:
1. To review the rationale and recommended general guidelines on QA for CAD systems implemented in clinical use.
2. To review the minimum QA requirements for CAD systems and recommendations that are considered to be reasonably easy and practical, and can be implemented immediately by the end users.
3. To review recommendations that are considered to be “best practice” QA approaches, which could potentially provide more accurate measure of clinical performance of a CAD system and allow users to work with CAD more effectively and efficiently.

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