ORWH Women’s Health Seminar Series

Date and Time

CANCELLED TMIST: A Three-Dimensional Approach to Early Breast Cancer Detection

TMIST Seminar has been cancelled and will be rescheduled

Event Venue

Natcher Building (45), Room A/B
NIH Main Campus
45 Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892

Building 45 is part of the NIH and is located on the main NIH campus in Bethesda, MD, approximately 5 miles from Washington D.C.

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Shuttle Schedule from local hotels     |     Campus Maps

All visitors must enter the NIH campus through the NIH Gateway Center, located adjacent to the Medical Center Metro Station at the South Drive entrance to campus from Rockville Pike / Wisconsin Avenue (Route 355). You will be asked to submit to a vehicle or personal inspection. Visitors will be required to show one (1) form of identification (a government-issued photo ID-driver's license, passport, green card, etc.) and to state the purpose of their visit.

Please note: visitor parking is limited at NIH. Visitors are encouraged to use public transportation such as the Metrorail subway system which has a convenient stop (Medical Center) on the NIH campus. Visit the "Metro" site    for information on fares and schedules. For visitors arriving in vehicles, on motorcycles or bicycles, the Gateway Vehicle Inspection Station (Building 66A), provides multiple inspection lanes and allows visitors to go through inspection and get a visitor badge in one centralized, efficient process. Vehicles enter the Gateway Center complex through a new roadway, "NIH Gateway Drive," just south of the intersection of the previous visitor entrance at South Drive and Rockville Pike. Vehicles that choose to bypass parking in MLP-11 will go through inspection and enter campus at Center Drive near the National Library of Medicine. (See Gateway Map)

Visit the NIH Visitor’s Center for more information about the NIH security process, visitor’s parking, and parking fares. 

Event Information

During this event, Worta McCaskill-Stevens, M.D., M.S., Etta D. Pisano, M.D., and Carolyn D. Runowicz, M.D., will give an overview of the Tomosynthesis Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial (TMIST) study. TMIST is a randomized breast cancer screening trial that aims to help researchers learn about the best ways to find breast cancer in women who have no symptoms. It compares both Food and Drug Administration–approved types of digital mammography: standard digital mammography (2-D) and a newer technology called tomosynthesis mammography (3-D). 

The trial hopes to introduce a new screening technology, increase evidence-based information to guide women and providers about benefits and harms in the current screening environment, and evolve evidence with respect to screening intervals. The overarching goal is to reduce the incidence of late-stage can¬cers rather than to simply decrease the incidence of early-stage disease.

Another important aspect of the trial is to build a tissue bank for future research. All women who join the trial were required to submit tissue samples, such as blood and swabs of cells from inside their mouths. Researchers hope that the information from these tissue samples will help decide the best ways to screen for breast cancer in the future by taking a person’s genetics and other personal risk factors into account.

Please note that Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits are available for this seminar. To obtain credit, please follow the directions on the registration site.

This seminar is part of a series that will feature speakers presenting the latest information on scientific topics important to the health of women across the life course. More information is available at https://orwh.od.nih.gov.

Event Speakers

Worta McCaskill-Stevens, M.D., M.S.
Medical Oncologist
Chief, Community Oncology and Prevention Trials Research Group,
Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute (NCI) 
Director, Community Clinical Oncology Program Network, NCI
Director, Community Oncology Research Program, NCI

Etta Pisano, M.D.
Professor in Residence of Radiology,
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center,
Harvard Medical School
Chief Research Officer, American College of Radiology

Carolyn D. Runowicz, M.D.
Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs,
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology,
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine,
Florida International University at Miami


Individuals with disabilities who need sign language interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Elizabeth Sekine at elizabeth.sekine@nih.gov and/or through the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).