Intended for healthcare professionals

Papers And Originals

Computer-aided Diagnosis of Acute Abdominal Pain

Br Med J 1972; 2 doi: (Published 01 April 1972) Cite this as: Br Med J 1972;2:9
  1. F. T. de Dombal,
  2. D. J. Leaper,
  3. J. R. Staniland,
  4. A. P. McCann,
  5. Jane C. Horrocks


    This paper reports a controlled prospective unselected real-time comparison of human and computer-aided diagnosis in a series of 304 patients suffering from abdominal pain of acute onset.

    The computing system's overall diagnostic accuracy (91·8%) was significantly higher than that of the most senior member of the clinical team to see each case (79·6%). It is suggested as a result of these studies that the provision of such a system to aid the clinician is both feasible in a real-time clinical setting, and likely to be of practical value, albeit in a small percentage of cases.