Around 1 in 5 people diagnosed with cancer in the UK take part in a clinical trial.
A study looking at a type of MRI scan for cervical cancer
This study is looking at a type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan called diffusion weighted MRI for cervical cancer. The study is for women with cervical cancer that is still in the neck of the womb (early cervical cancer).
Doctors use MRI scans to find out features about a cancer that can help them predict the outcome (your
The aim of this study is to find out if the diffusion weighted MRI can show whether cervical cancer is likely to have a good or a bad outcome.
Who can enter
You cannot join this study if are not able to have an MRI scan. This may be because you have certain types of metal surgical clips or plates in your body or a pacemaker, for example. Or because you can’t stand small spaces (you are claustrophobic).
The researchers need 150 women to join the study.
Everyone will have an MRI scan before surgery.
The research team will place a small probe in your vagina, close to the cervix. They will then do the MRI scan. The scan takes 30 to 40 minutes.
Before the MRI scan you have an injection of a drug called buscopan. This will help give a clearer picture of your cervix.
You have one extra visit to the hospital, to have the MRI scan.
An MRI scan is a safe test and the researchers don’t think there will be any side effects from the small probe placed in your vagina.
You may have a dry mouth and blurred vision for about 30 minutes after having the buscopan.
How to join a clinical trial
Please note: In order to join a trial you will need to discuss it with your doctor, unless otherwise specified.
Professor Nandita DeSouza
Cancer Research UK Imaging Centre
Institute of Cancer Research (ICR)
NIHR Clinical Research Network: Cancer
National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Facility in Imaging
The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust