Introduction and Participant Information

You are invited to participate in a research study on the alteration in mammographic imaging series for a patient with breast implants following the introduction of digital mammography into standard practice.

The study is being conducted by Jacquelyn O’Keefe, Dr Kelly Spuur, and Andrew Kilgour from the Faculty of Science at Charles Sturt University.

Jacquelyn O’Keefe
Student
Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science specialising in Medical Imaging (Honours)
Phone: 0491269370
Email: jokeef19@postoffice.csu.edu.au

Dr Kelly Spuur
Senior Lecturer
Charles Sturt University
Faculty of Science
Email: kspuur@csu.edu.au

Andrew Kilgour
Senior Lecturer
Charles Sturt University
Faculty of Science
Email: akilgour@csu.edu.au

Before you decide whether or not you wish to participate in this study, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take the time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish.

1.     What is the purpose of this study?
There is no evidence to support a change in imaging series for breast implant patients in a mammographic setting. This study aims to provide insight into current imaging techniques of the augmented breast in Australia and potentially identify rationale for observed alteration.

2.     Why have I been invited to participate in this study?
We are seeking Australian mammographers, either past or present, who are members of the ASMIRT to participate in this research.

3.     What does this study involve?
If you agree to participate, you will be asked to complete some questions about your experience in mammography and with breast implants.  The survey will take between 15 and 30 minutes to complete.

4.     Are there risks and benefits to me taking part in this study?
There are no perceived risks to taking part in the study. Participation is voluntary, and participants may stop at any time.  The questionnaire is unlikely to result in discomfort or inconvenience, and there is no risk of causing physical or emotional harm through the study.

5.     How is this study being paid for?
The cost of the study is absorbed by Charles Sturt University. The university will have no input into the results of the research.

6.     Will taking part in this study (or travelling to) cost me anything, and will I be paid?
There will be no reimbursement or payments made to participants.

7.     What if I don’t want to take part in this study?
Participation in this research is entirely your choice. Choosing not to participate will be of no disadvantage to you. If you do decide to participate, you may leave the survey at any time.

8.     What if I participate and want to withdraw later?
Collected data will not be identifiable, and therefore withdrawal after completion of the survey is not possible.

9.     How will my confidentiality be protected?
The questionnaire is anonymous and it will not be possible to identify you from your answers.

10.   What will happen to the information that I give you?
The data collected will be analysed and will form part of an honours thesis for Jacquelyn O’Keefe’s degree, and may subsequently be published in a scientific journal. Participants may access the journal article by their own volition.
11.   What should I do if I want to discuss this study further before I decide?
If you would like further information, please contact the Chief Investigator:
     Jacquelyn O’Keefe
     Phone: 0491269370
     Email: jokeef19@postoffice.csu.edu.au
Or
     Dr Kelly Spuur
     Email: kspuur@csu.edu.au.

12.   Who should I contact if I have concerns about the conduct of this study?
Charles Sturt University’s Human Research Ethics Committee has approved this project - Protocol Number: 400/2017/34. If you have any complaints or reservations about the ethical conduct of this project, you may contact:
     Executive Officer
     Faculty of Science
     Human Ethics Low Risk Committee
     c/- School of Exercise Science
     Charles Sturt University
     Bathurst, NSW  2795
     Phone: 02 6338 6168
     Email: ethics@csu.edu.au

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