The primary outcome will be the different approach to the clinical problem in various
regions of the Country. From all the acquired data it then will be possible to
identify a standardized diagnostic work-up which will provide the highest sensibility,
specificity and diagnostic accuracy. Furthermore it will be possible to evaluate
the time reduction required for a definitive diagnosis.
Achieving this primary outcome will necessarily result in achieving the secondary
Outcomes. The secondary outcomes will include:
- targeted implementation of resources to reduce time and wasted resources in the
Identification of malignant lesions;
- identification of geographic areas with insufficient resources, both in terms of
equipment ad health-care professionals, in order to guarantee a homogeneous distribution
- evaluation of a new concept do software able to collect and record clinical dale as
well as images even produced in other institutions;
- analyze the possible redistribution of patients, if necessary, based on their needs
in order to guarantee a homogeneous distribution of health-care.
- assess the possible use of a CAD (computer-assisted diagnosis) software.
- dissemination in several diagnostic departments of the tested software, to have in
a next future an homogeneus approach to the problem in the Country.
An curly diagnosis will imply a reduction in the overall number of diagnostic procedures
that a patient will have to undergo by eliminating those that do not add significant
A shortening of the time required for diagnosis means that the patient will begin
therapy sooner, tumor size will be smaller therefore more manageable with a reduction
in costs in socio-economic terms as well as a reduced psychological stress
placed on the patient due to a prolonged period with an uncertain destiny. Both
these points will reduce costs and shorten waiting-periods.