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June 2004 Issue

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Barrett Cancer Center Evaluates new Breast-Screening Technologies

Published June 2004

UC researchers are participating in three national studies to determine the effectiveness of emerging technologies in detecting breast cancer.

One study, believed to be the largest cancer-screening trial ever conducted, will determine whether digital mammography offers women better diagnostic results than conventional film techniques. Of nearly 50,000 participants nationwide, 1,000 are being studied at UC.

A second study is evaluating the performance of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in detecting cancer in breasts determined by standard mammography and physical exam to be cancer-free. A third seeks to clarify the possible role of ultrasound in detecting breast cancer in high-risk women.

Mary C. Mahoney, MD, director of Breast Imaging at the Barrett Center and principal investigator, invites women to participate in the ongoing research.

"The need for further clinical trials to enhance breast cancer screening and diagnosis is essential in improving a woman's prognosis and response to treatment once an abnormality is found," she says.

Sponsored by the American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN), UC's work is being done at the Barrett Center, part of University Hospital and the UC Cancer Center.

To participate in a breast-imaging trial, or for more information about these or future studies, contact Lisa Shiveley at 513-584-2179.

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