Mammogram Comparison Study
Several sites in Louisiana are participating in a clinical trial comparing the effectiveness of 2D mammography versus 3D mammograms. The goal of breast cancer screening is to find breast cancer early when it may be easier to treat. Researchers hope to find out if 3-D mammograms, called Tomosynthesis, are better than 2-D mammography for breast cancer screening.
Standard 2-D mammography takes pictures from two sides of the breast to create a flat image. 3-D mammography images are taken from different angles around the breast and then built into a 3-D-like image.
According to Dr. Augusto Ochoa of the Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center at LSU Health New Orleans and Codirector of the Louisiana Cancer Research Center, investigators hope to enroll over 100,000 women around the world for the five-year study. Cost of mammograms are covered by insurance but if a woman does not have insurance, Medicaid would cover the cost for them, Dr. Ochoa said.
Participating Louisiana sites and contact information is below. Additional information is available on the National Cancer Institute's website.
Tulane University Health Sciences Center
University Medical Center New Orleans
LSU Health Sciences Center at Shreveport
Ochsner LSU Health Saint Mary's Medical Center