The development of a breast examination training instrument
Christy Beth Schmidt, West Virginia University, United States
West Virginia University . Awarded
There is a high incidence of breast cancer in the United States. If breast cancer is detected and treated in its earliest stage, then survival from the disease is highly probable. The best chance of early detection occurs when breast self-examinations (BSE), clinical breast examinations (CBE) and mammography are practiced regularly. Because BSE and CBE are not performed optimally, there is a need to comprehensively train breast examination techniques to lay women and health care providers. The Breast Examination Training Instrument (BETI) was developed to provide the necessary training. The device uses a silicone breast model equipped with sensors and data acquisition modules to collect data on examination performance. This data is evaluated with a fuzzy logic algorithm and feedback is presented to the user. The BETI was designed to be user-friendly so that anyone who is literate and can use a computer mouse can operate the system easily.
Schmidt, C.B. The development of a breast examination training instrument. Master's thesis, West Virginia University.
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