Matakina participates in Dutch breast screening MRI trialBy AuntMinnieEurope.com staff writers
August 17, 2012 -- New Zealand breast imaging software developer Matakina International has announced that the Dutch breast screening organizations and the University Medical Centre Utrecht will use its Volpara software to assess breast density in a forthcoming clinical trial.
The objective of the MRI as Additional Screening Modality to Detect Breast Cancer in Women With Extremely Dense Breasts (DENSE) trial is to determine the cost-effectiveness of biennial screening with mammography and MRI compared with mammography alone in women ages 50 to 75 years old and who show mammographic density greater than 75% (BI-RADS breast density category 4).
The clinical trial's principal investigator is Carla van Gils, PhD, of the department of clinical epidemiology at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care University Medical Centre Utrecht. Radiology departments at hospitals located in Amsterdam, Groningen, Maastricht, Nijmegen, and Rotterdam also have enrolled to participate.
For the trial, breast density will be assessed using the Volpara imaging software in a subset of the screening units. Some 5,000 women with BI-RADS breast density category 4 will be invited for breast MRI and their results will be compared with those who have only a mammogram.
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