In addition to the resources described in the section titled "Who Sponsors Imaging Clinical Trials", people interested in taking part in an imaging clinical trial should talk to their health care provider. A number of imaging clinical trials are currently being conducted that use specialized equipment. These are being conducted at sites across the United States, Canada, and Europe. Location may be a factor to keep in mind when searching for a trial in which to participate.
Searching for Clinical Trials
NCI's PDQ Clinical Trials Database contains approximately 2,000 open/active (accepting patients) clinical trials for cancer treatment, supportive care, genetics, prevention, screening, and diagnosis, including imaging clinical trials. In addition, there is access to approximately 13,000 abstracts of closed clinical trials that have been completed or are no longer accepting patients. Most abstracts are written in two formats, the health professional abstract (uses technical terminology) and the patient abstract (uses non-technical language).
Search the NCI database for clinical trials.
The NCI's Clinical Studies Support Center (CSSC) provides information to patients and their families about clinical trials. (See a list of NCI clinical trials on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland.)
The clinical trials being conducted by the American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN), sponsored by NCI's Cancer Imaging Program (CIP), can be found at http://acrin.org.
Help Finding Clinical Trials
Information about imaging clinical trials and clinical trials in general is available from the Cancer Information Service (CIS). Information specialists at the CIS use PDQ, the NCI's cancer information database, to identify and provide detailed information about specific ongoing clinical trials.
Talk with an information specialist from the NCI's Cancer Information Service - within the United States, Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. local time.
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Additional Information about Clinical TrialsFor more information and news about clinical trials, please visit the Clinical Trials area of NCI's Web site.