Prediction of breast cancer malignancy using an artificial neural network.


Journal Article

BACKGROUND: An artificial neural network (ANN) was developed to predict breast cancer from mammographic findings. This network was evaluated in a retrospective study. METHODS: For a set of patients who were scheduled for biopsy, radiologists interpreted the mammograms and provided data on eight mammographic findings as part of the standard mammographic workup. These findings were encoded as features for an ANN. Results of biopsies were taken as truth in the diagnosis of malignancy. The ANN was trained and evaluated using a jackknife sampling on a set of 260 patient records. Performance of the network was evaluated in terms of sensitivity and specificity over a range of decision thresholds and was expressed as a receiver operating characteristic curve. RESULTS: The ANN performed more accurately than the radiologists (P < 0.08) with a relative sensitivity of 1.0 and specificity of 0.59. CONCLUSIONS: An ANN can be trained to predict malignancy from mammographic findings with a high degree of accuracy.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Floyd, CE; Lo, JY; Yun, AJ; Sullivan, DC; Kornguth, PJ

Published Date

  • December 1, 1994

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 74 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 2944 - 2948

PubMed ID

  • 7954258

Pubmed Central ID

  • 7954258

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0008-543X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/1097-0142(19941201)74:11<2944::aid-cncr2820741109>;2-f


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States