TMIST Media Coverage Highlights Screening Questions

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

An Asian female technician positions an African-American woman at an imaging machine to receive a mammogram. Questions at the heart of the Tomosynthesis Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial (TMIST) were highlighted in recent media coverage.

The large NCI-funded trial administered by NCORP research base ECOG-ACRIN, is comparing two techniques used for mammograms: tomosynthesis (3D mammography), and standard 2D digital mammography. In reporting the science underlying the study an Associated Press article tracked through such broad inquiries as: “A better mammogram?” “Who needs a mammogram?” and “What about 3-D mammograms?”

Worta McCaskill-Stevens, MD, NCORP director was quoted in a separate United Press International article noting, "Nearly 50 million screening mammograms occur each year in the United States, yet it has been decades since a large-scale randomized trial of mammography has been done. The evolution of mammography technology provides us with an opportunity to fill in the gaps in our knowledge about two available breast cancer screening tests."