The research program of Etta Pisano, M.D., is focused on breast imaging device research and development activities. Her group assesses the utility of breast imaging devices used for detection, diagnosis, surgical planning, and treatment monitoring of breast disease. The research mission of her laboratory is three-fold:
(1) To design and develop new breast imaging devices working in conjunction with academic collaborators and/or industry;
(2) To ascertain the clinical effectiveness of new breast imaging systems by developing and participating in clinical trial protocols and by conducting radiologist reader studies;
(3) To determine the optimal imaging protocols for existing clinical breast imaging systems for most effective clinical use.Many of the research projects of the Pisano laboratory are multidisciplinary in nature, often involving colleagues from a variety of fields, including physics, engineering, computer science, epidemiology, economics, statistics, medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgery, and pathology.