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Frequently Asked Questions About Saige-Dx™ Artifical Intelligence
Frequently Asked Questions About Saige-Dx™ Artificial Intelligence
Does this replace the radiologist? Is a computer going to be processing my mammogram?
No. Technology is not going to replace the radiologist. Saige-Dx helps the radiologist by providing additional information, which the radiologist then factors into the interpretation of your exam.
Does this technology really improve a radiologist’s performance?
Initial studies suggest that AI improves radiologist performance. In a study submitted to the FDA, 18 radiologists read 240 mammograms twice—once with and once without the aid of Saige-Dx. All 18 radiologists showed improved performance when using Saige-Dx.
How is the AI used by the radiologists and how quickly can it process?
Saige-Dx assists radiologists while they are interpreting your exam. It processes the images and displays information for the radiologist. Saige-Dx returns this data, and the radiologist then factors that additional information into the final interpretation.
How well does it read across different populations of people and different ethnic backgrounds?
DeepHealth is committed to health equity, and its AI, Saige-Dx, has exhibited comparable performance across ethnicities. The technology has trained on more than a million images, 100,000 cases, and 8,000 biopsy-proven cancers, as well as on diverse populations.
How has the AI been tested?
In a study to validate the efficacy of Saige-Dx, 18 radiologists read 240 mammograms twice—once with and once without the aid of Saige-Dx. All 18 radiologists showed improved performance when using Saige-Dx, resulting in an increase in performance. The improved performance was reflected in an increase in the percentage of the cancers detected when using Saige-Dx.
All 18 radiologists showed improved performance when using Saige-Dx.
Am I exposed to more radiation because of the AI?
No additional radiation or time during your visit is involved; you safely gain the benefit of higher accuracy.
Does this prevent me from having to do a biopsy?
Saige-Dx does not prevent you from having to undergo a biopsy if that is what your physician determines is necessary. Saige-Dx does not eliminate standard clinical protocols.
Has the AI been reviewed by the FDA?
Yes, Saige-Dx received FDA clearance, which helps us to improve patient outcomes and lower costs.
What if the AI finds something suspicious, then what?
When the radiologist is reading your exam, Saige-Dx technology points out areas of suspicion and provides suspicion levels. The radiologist uses their training and expertise to absorb that information for the final interpretation of the exam. The radiologist determines whether follow-up imaging or tests are needed. If your exam has a suspicious finding, a dedicated mammography tracking team will reach out to you to discuss options for scheduling appropriate follow-up care.
Frequently Asked Questions About Mammography
Frequently Asked Questions About Mammography
Do I need a mammogram if I’m healthy and don’t have a family history of breast cancer?
Breast cancer can form in healthy individuals without a family history. A baseline mammography provides you with an important understanding of your breast health. As you age, your body experiences changes, including menopause. A baseline mammography and continued annual screenings help you and your provider understand your health and whether changes are normal or abnormal. This is an important discussion for you and your provider to have.
I’ve heard mammograms are painful. Is that true?
Any mammogram can cause slight discomfort. From a physical standpoint, there is absolutely no additional discomfort to you when you elect to have AI-enabled mammography. The AI adds no pain whatsoever, and zero additional time in the machine. If your screening facility uses newer screening equipment, a scan can take as little as four seconds per breast, and newly-designed paddles flex with your body to minimize discomfort.
I’m nervous about getting a scan. What if they find something?
Information is power. Early detection offers women a five-year survival rate of 99% and can save your life. The reading and interpretation of your mammogram is enhanced with Saige-Dx, which is FDA-cleared artificial intelligence.
Can the radiation used in a mammogram cause breast cancer?
Small, safe doses of radiation are used to perform screenings; there is no need for “scanxiety.” No additional radiation is involved in an AI-enabled mammogram.
Annual mammogram screenings are recommended to begin at age 40.
Am I too young for a mammogram?
Annual mammogram screenings are recommended to begin at age 40. If you have a family history or other risk factors for developing breast cancer, your provider may recommend that mammograms begin prior to age 40. Having a trusted provider that understands your medical history and risk is critical to determining the best approach for you.
Why do I have to get a mammogram every year?
Your prior history is very important. The radiologist needs to be able to see how your breasts are changing over time. Findings that haven’t changed from older mammograms aren’t likely to be cancer.
Is an annual screening really necessary?
Yes. Annual screenings save lives.