OBJECTIVE. The purpose of this article is to describe structured reporting and the development of large databases for use in data mining in breast imaging. CONCLUSION. The results of millions of breast imaging examinations are reported with structured tools based on the BI-RADS lexicon. Much of these data are stored in accessible media. Robust computing power creates great opportunity for data scientists and breast imagers to collaborate to improve breast cancer detection and optimize screening algorithms. Data mining can create knowledge, but the questions asked and their complexity require extremely powerful and agile databases. New data technologies can facilitate outcomes research and precision medicine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-264
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2016


  • Breast cancer
  • Breast imaging
  • Data mining
  • Precision medicine
  • Structured reporting


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