Methods for Evaluating Mammography Imaging Techniques
Annual rept. 19 May 98-18 May 99
CENTER FOR HEALTH STUDIES AT GROUP HEALTH COOPERATIVE SEATTLE WA
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This Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program Career Development Award is enabling Dr. Rutter to develop biostatistical methods for breast cancer research. Dr. Rutter is focusing on methods for evaluating the accuracy of breast cancer screening. This four year program includes advanced training in the epidemiology of breast cancer, training in clinical detection of breast cancer, development of statistical methodology, and graduate teaching. During this second award year, Dr. Rutter has continued to attend Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium BCSC meetings 1 and has presented her research to the BCSCs Statistical Coordinating Center. Ongoing participation in the BCSC has provided Dr. Rutter with important practical information about radiologists interpretation of mammograms, and the timing and execution of diagnostic procedures. Dr. Rutter has also continued to expand her knowledge of statistical research methods for diagnostic and screening test assessment through participation in the Diagnostic Methods working group at the University of Washingtons Department of Biostatistics. Dr. Rutters statistical research focuses on receiver operating characteristic ROC analysis. During the second funding year, she has published on design of intervention studies aimed at improving mammographer accuracy and had developed methods for comparing mammographers test performance to their clinical practice performance.
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