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Comorbidity and Screening Outcomes among Older Women Undergoing Mammography

This study will evaluate the benefits and harms of screening mammography among women aged 66 and older. This study aims to move the breast imaging field forward by evaluating the benefits and harms of screening mammography in older women across the levels of advancing age, comorbid illness and functional status.

Risk-Based Breast Cancer Screening and Surveillance in Community Practice

In an era of multiple breast imaging modalities, ensuring that women receive the most effective modality (or modalities) at the appropriate time is critical to maximizing the benefit-to-harm ratio of screening and surveillance. The results from this study will provide relevant and timely information to guide women, providers, policymakers and healthcare delivery systems in identifying the most effective breast cancer screening and surveillance strategies.

Assessing and improving radiologists’ mammography interpretative skills

The purpose of this project was to improve radiologists’ interpretive skills by rigorously evaluating factors that influence performance measures. This was accomplished by designing and testing strategies to improve performance in a national sample of 321 radiologists from the NCI-funded Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium (BCSC). This study was performed in collaboration with five other BCSC sites.

Technologist Effect on the Accuracy of Mammography (TEAM)

The purpose of this study is to better understand the role of mammography technologists on the performance of mammography in community practice. In order to assess the impact of radiologic technologists on mammography accuracy and to describe the population of mammography technologists across North Carolina (in terms of education, training, work experiences and job satisfaction), we will utilize Carolina Mammography Registry data and a statewide survey mailed to all North Carolina mammography technologists.

Risk based breast cancer screening in community settings

Conducted by the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium, the objective of this project is to identify effective breast cancer screening strategies for women of diverse levels of breast cancer risk to maximize screening benefits while minimizing potential harms.