Researchers at the University of Cordoba, Argentina, have found a way to improve the image quality of X-ray mammography, which could help to reduce false results when screening for breast cancer.
The team used Monte Carlo analysis to analyse the X-ray mammography configurations used by the radiographers. They then evaluated the results statistically to determine the optimal setup, which produces the best quality X-ray image while reducing the radiation dose given to patients.
The new algorithm can help in reliable and consistent detection of breast cancer tumours automatically, according to the researchers.
The study has been published in the International Journal of Low Radiation.