Grant ID RP140781
Awarded On August 20, 2014
Title High-Field Open MRI: Cost-Effective Screening for Early Detection of Breast Cancer
Program Academic Research
Award Mechanism High Impact/High Risk
Institution/Organization Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station
Principal Investigator/Program Director Peter McIntyre
Cancer Sites Brain and Other Nervous System, Breast, Cervix Uteri, Colorectal, Gallbladder, Kidney and Renal Pelvis, Liver and Intrahepatic Bile Duct, Lung and Bronchus, Ovary, Pancreas, Prostate, Small Intestine
Contracted Amount $184,107.70
Award Transfer Information

Previous Organization: Texas A&M University

Expended at Previous Organization: $15,892.30

Lay Summary

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. In 2014 230,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,000 will die from it. The best hope for a cure is early detection, and mammography is widely used for early detection. Mammography is effective for early detection in women with fatty breasts, but half of all women have dense breasts, and the fibrous tissue in the breast makes early detection extremely difficult. Dye-contrast MRI is effective for early detection in dense breasts, but it is expensive: it is performed in a 1.5 Tesla whole-body MRI imager, the images typically cost ~$2,000/patient, and so it is not affordable as a screening methodology. Prof. McIntyre has formed a...

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