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.