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Last Updated: 12/22/16

For Patients

What are imaging clinical trials and why are they important?

Like other types of clinical trials an imaging clinical trial is a research study conducted with people who volunteer to take part. Each study answers specific scientific questions that will determine the value of imaging procedures for detecting, diagnosing, guiding, or monitoring the treatment of disease. Volunteers who take part in cancer-related imaging clinical trials have an opportunity to contribute to knowledge of, and progress against, cancer. For more information about clinical trials in general and how they work, see Learning About Clinical Trials.

For additional information about imaging techniques, see Cancer Imaging, a visual introduction to cancer imaging, featuring information about imaging technologies and their uses.