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Lehman to help develop tool to diagnose breast cancer

April 3, 2003

Dr. Connie Lehman, associate professor of radiology at the University of Washington and director of breast imaging at UW Medical Center, is one of seven researchers around the country who will take part in an effort to develop a new diagnostic tool for breast cancer.

Alan Penn & Associates, a medical imaging company in Rockville, Md., has been awarded a $1.9 million, three-year grant from the National Cancer Institute to develop a computer-aided-diagnosis (CAD) system to assist radiologists in the interpretation of magnetic resonance images (MRI) of the breast.

The CAD system is expected to enable mammographers without extensive experience in breast MRI to achieve the diagnostic accuracy of experts in interpreting breast-MRI examinations.

The system will make more high-quality breast-MRI examinations to women with a diagnosis of breast cancer.

Lehman, who practices at the Seattle Cancer Care alliance clinic, receives funding from the Avon Foundation, whose support facilitated her participation in this and other breast-imaging research.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is a world leader in research to prevent, detect and treat cancer and other life-threatening diseases.