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Patient and public views on artificial intelligence in breast cancer screening

Patient and public views on artificial intelligence  in breast cancer screening


An opportunity to share your ideas and views on the use of an artificial intelligence (AI) screening tool for detection of breast cancer.

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Researchers at Imperial College London are looking into assessing patient and public ideas and perceptions of using an Artificial Intelligence-based mammography screening tool for detection of breast cancer for research purposes. There is a huge potential to use artificial intelligence to improve breast cancer detection and improve healthcare and breast cancer screening services across the NHS.  We want to ensure that if artificial intelligence is used for this purpose, that the attitudes and concerns of patients are explored and understood.

The aim of this research project is to explore patient attitudes, perceptions, ideas and concerns towards the use of an artificial intelligence-based mammography screening tool, which we will be assessing through discussion in workshops, surveys and questionnaire.

Volunteer Criteria

We are looking to recruit female participants in England who have either:

  • Previously been diagnosed with breast cancer, and/ or
  • Are between 50 to 70 years of age (National Breast Cancer Screening ages) and have been invited to or have had a mammogram screening test

What will I be asked to do?

As a research participant you will be asked to:

  • Give your valuable opinion on the wider issues surrounding breast cancer screening and the use of an artificial intelligence-based mammography screening tool before it is rolled out to a larger patient and public audience.


  • Attend remote meetings held via Zoom/Google Meet and face-to-face meetings in Central London. We will hold up to 5 workshops per year, over a 2-year period, each 1-2 hours in duration.


  • Listen to and work with researchers and other members of the public as part of the research project.




When and where?

Our first virtual workshop is scheduled for the 11th March 2021 (10.00 - 12.00 GMT). If you are unable to attend on this date, but are still interested in taking part, please still sign-up asthere will be opportunities to participate in future workshops.

We will run workshops online using an online platform such as Zoom/GoogleMeet due to COVID-19 restrictions, in addition to in-person workshops in Central London at Imperial College London, when it is safe to do so, in line with government advice.




Will I get anything for taking part?

Reasonable expenses (up to £10 per person per session for travel to in-person workshops in London or £5 per session for remote web sessions held over Zoom/Google Meet) and your time (£25 per hour) will be covered, as per our patient and public reward and recognition policy. We will also provide a Dongle for WiFi access to join remote sessions, for those without access to the internet. We will also cover disability and access costs.

How do I take part?

To register your interest in taking part in this research study please use the 'I would like to take part' button in the top right hand corner. 

You will be asked to complete a short form which captures basic demographics and your experiences relating to breast cancer diagnosis and/or breast cancer screening (mammography).

Expressions of interest will be reviewed by the opportunity owner (Dr Rachita Mallya) and you will be contacted to confirm whether or not you have been selected to take part. You will receive this by 10th March 2021 at the latest. 

If you are selected, you will be sent a participant information sheet and consent form which you can review and decide whether you would still like to take part.

If you have any questions or queries about participating in this project you can contact Dr Rachita Mallya at [email protected]


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If you would like further information about the opportunity, or have any queries, please get in touch with Dr Rachita Mallya via the following email address:

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