Two-time R&E grant recipient, Despina Kontos, Ph.D., is proof that seed funding,
a strong support network, and hard work can pay off big with NIH success.
Dr. Kontos will compare the effect of breast density and overall breast
parenchymal complexity on the recall decision in breast cancer screening with
digital mammography versus digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT). In addition, she
proposes development of a breast complexity index that could be used as an
imaging marker to identify women that can benefit most from DBT screening.
The R&E Foundation thanks Agfa HealthCare and Siemens Healthcare for their
support of the critical seed grants and preliminary data that led to this successful NIH project.
"I am really thrilled, as this is my first R01 and signifies a major milestone for my research
and career development. I am very grateful for the support of the RSNA, as it has been
instrumental in achieving this goal, both in terms of allowing me to generate preliminary
data through my early RSNA Research Fellow grants, and also with the RSNA Clinical Trial
Methodology Workshop, during which I developed the protocol for this R01 submission."