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Archive: Surgery researchers publish breast exam study results in New England Journal of Medicine

A team of researchers led by Carla Pugh, MD, PhD, penned an article for The New England Journal of Medicine that explains their recent study of 553 physicians who performed simulated breast exams on sensor-enabled breast models. The results show palpation force — how hard a physician pushes on a breast — as a factor in locating a breast mass, and that sensor technology may help improve accuracy of clinical breast exams.

“Sensor Technology in Assessments of Clinical Skill” appears in the February 19, 2015, issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, the most widely read, cited and influential general medical periodical in the world.