None of us could have anticipated the COVID-19 pandemic, and due to the pause on screenings, millions of mammograms have been deferred.
COVID 19 and Radiology: There's Never Been a Better Time for AI
The COVID 19 pandemic has already overwhelmed our healthcare system, creating a ripple effect that puts additional strain on radiologists—and this will have serious impacts on breast cancer patient outcomes. In order to enforce social distancing and preserve resources for critically ill coronavirus patients, many imaging centers have put routine scheduled screening mammograms on hold for now. However, this means that those imaging centers will soon have to deal with the challenge of managing backlogs, keeping up with patient demand and ensuring accuracy in diagnosis at the same time.