Correctly using sensitivity, specificity, and predictive values in clinical practice: How to avoid three common pitfalls

David M. Naeger, Maureen P. Kohi, Emily M. Webb, Andrew Phelps, Karen G. Ordovas, Thomas B. Newman

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE. Radiology is the specialty of imaging-based diagnostic tests. Understanding the science behind evaluating diagnostic test performance is essential for radiologists because we provide care to patients and interact with our colleagues. CONCLUSION. Here, we review the key terminology used and common pitfalls encountered in the literature and in day-to-day discussions of diagnostic test performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)W566-W570
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Volume200
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Clinical epidemiology
  • Evidence-based diagnosis
  • Predictive values
  • Sensitivity
  • Specificity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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