Sensitivity is used alongside specificity to evaluate the effectiveness of a software medical device. Sensitivity is the ability of a software medical device to correctly detect disease within an image. High sensitivity indicates that the device will flag patients who have the disease without generating many false-negative results.

For example, if a software medical device is reported of having a 95% sensitivity, it will correctly detect a specific disease in 95% of patients. However, it will return a false result for 5% of patients who have the disease and should have tested positive.

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