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Standardized ultrasound-based risk stratification for detection of ovarian cancer

This project, initiated in 2014, led to the development and large-scale implementation of a system for risk stratifying ovarian abnormalities seen on ultrasound to ensure that similar abnormalities are described in a similar way by radiologists. The system also allows clinical management to be consistent from patient to patient and aligned with actual ovarian cancer risk. A 2016 study showed the reporting categories defined by the system correlate with distinct levels of ovarian cancer risk. We are currently investigating the risks associated with specific ultrasound characteristics in a low-risk community-based population and how to improve the system to ensure prompt diagnosis of ovarian cancer while avoiding unnecessary surgery for women with benign ovarian cysts.

Investigator: Suh-Burgmann, Betty

Funder: The Permanente Medical Group

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