Cincinnati--The University of Cincinnati has been chosen as one of
the sites for a nationwide study of the effectiveness of digital
mammography. The University Hospital Barrett Cancer Center is now
enrolling women in the Digital Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial
sponsored by the American College of Radiology Imaging Network and
funded by a grant from the National Cancer Institute. University
Hospital is part of the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati.
aim of the study is to involve 49,500 women in the United States and
Canada in a comparison of digital mammography to traditional, standard
film mammography. Women who are eligible for the study must meet the
- No new breast lump.
- No bloody or clear nipple discharge.
- No previous breast cancer treated with lumpectomy; previous mastectomy OK.
- No breast implants.
- Not pregnant.
mammographic studies for the trial will be performed at the University
Hospital Barrett Cancer Center. The University Hospital is part of The
Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati. Any woman who is interested in
the digital mammography study can call (513) 475-7777 to be scheduled.
There are no age limits for this study, but participants must check
with their insurance company to see if they will pay for your regular
mammogram. Qualified participants will receive the digital mammogram
free if it is done at the time of their regular mammogram.
Mahoney, MD, associate professor of radiology, is the principal
investigator for the UC study. She states, "Digital mammography has the
potential to provide better detection of early breast cancer, but a
large study such as this is needed to determine how the new technique
compares to standard mammography." Dr. Mahoney explained that digital
mammography uses computers and specially designed detectors to produce
a digital image of the breast that can be displayed on high-resolution
monitors. One possible advantage of digital mammography is that it may
be more effective in detecting cancers in women with dense breasts.
new technique may result in the need for fewer repeat images to resolve
potential areas of abnormality. Images are evaluated with computers and
can be electronically enhanced. Although the equipment for digital
screening mammography costs more than film mammography, there may be
fewer repeat images or additional office visits with the new technique
and this would save money in the long run as well as lessen patient
Dr. Mahoney stresses that the Barrett Center wants to
begin enrolling women in the study immediately. "We hope to enroll
2,000 women from the Tristate region in this important and ambitious
study because the results of this trial will guide women's breast care
nationwide in the future."