American College of Radiology (ACR) Senior Director of Research Development Etta Pisano, MD, FACR, represented the medical imaging community at a recent White House event to unveil a report on the Cancer Moonshot initiative's progress to date. The invitation enabling the Academy of Radiology Research (ARR) to send Pisano, who serves on the Academy’s executive committee, is progress toward expanding the profile of imaging in the Moonshot program, headed by Vice President Joe Biden. The ACR is a member organization of ARR.
Pisano served as principal investigator for the American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN) Digital Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial (DMIST). The landmark study showed that digital mammography was as accurate as film mammography in most women and detected more cancers than screen film in younger women, premenopausal and perimenopausal women, and women with dense breasts. Pisano is vice-chair of research and a staff radiologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is on the faculty at Harvard Medical School.