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    Clinical Research Studies
    The University of Chicago, Department of Radiology, Breast Imaging Section is developing advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) methods for breast cancer screening and risk assessment. We are looking for volunteers for these studies. If you would like to participate, please contact our clinical research coordinators:

    Rabia Safi

    Elle Hill

    You can also email questions to: Greg Karczmar gkarczm@uchicago.edu

    Letter from the Investigators
    The University of Chicago is home to one of the world’s leading programs in breast cancer detection and treatment. Our MRI research group is working to improve screening and management of breast cancer as well as other cancers. We would like to test new imaging methods on volunteers. Our research can only be successful if people in our community help by signing up for our clinical trials. As scientists and physicians at the University of Chicago, we are especially interested in improving health care in the neighborhoods where we live and work. We would be very grateful for your help.

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    Reason for These Studies These studies will develop MRI methods that improve detection of breast cancer. We have a number of different research protocols. Each protocol is designed for a different group of women. We would be happy to work with you to find a protocol that meets your needs.

    What is an MRI? MRI is a powerful tool that allows your radiologist to view the organs, bones, and soft tissue in your body. This noninvasive test uses radio waves, a large magnetic field and a computer to accurately diagnose a variety of diseases that may not be visible using other methods.

    What are the Costs? There will be no cost to you or your insurance company resulting from your participation in our research studies. All research-related costs will be paid by the researchers. Some studies include payments for volunteer.

    What is involved in the Study? We would like to collect MRI images of your breasts. Some studies involve more than one scan and some studies require injection of contrast media through a vein in your arm. You will typically spend 40 minutes in the scanner, but we also have much shorter studies.

    Why is your Participation Important? MRI has potential to significantly enhance breast cancer screening so that we can find cancers early when they are easier to cure. In addition, we are using MRI to monitor response to therapy, to help doctors design the best possible therapy for each patient. By participating in our studies, you will help to improve diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

    Location of Testing Tests are performed in the MRI Research Center or in the University of Chicago Hospital Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine at 5758 South Maryland Ave, Chicago, IL 60637. When you arrive for the scan, you will be met by one of our clinical research coordinators who will help you get to the scanner and prepare for your scan. They will also help you get back to your car or other transportation after your scan.

    If you are interested in finding out more about MRI breast cancer screening studies, please contact our clinical research coordinators.
    Thank you very much for your help!!