Management of Incidental Findings in the Study of Health in Pomerania
The Study of Health in Pomerania (SHIP) is a population-based cohort study in the north-east of Germany, consisting of two independent cohorts, SHIP and SHIP-TREND (Volzke et al. 2011). Adults, selected from local population registries, aged 20–79, with their primary place of residence in the counties of Nordvorpommern and Ostvorpommern and the two cities of Greifswald and Stralsund, were eligible for participation. Baseline examinations of the first cohort were performed between 1997 and 2001 (SHIP-0) and follow-up examinations between 2002 and 2006 (SHIP-1), 2008–2012 (SHIP-2), and 2014–2016 (SHIP-3). A second cohort (SHIP-Trend) was conducted from 2008 until 2012; the first follow-up (SHIP-Trend 1) has started in March 2016.
KeywordsIncidental Finding Magnetic Resonance Imaging Examination Study Volunteer Therapeutic Misconception General Population Cohort
SHIP is part of the Community Medicine Research net of the University of Greifswald, Germany, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (grant No. 03ZIK012), the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, as well as the Social Ministry of the Federal State of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania. Whole-body MR imaging was supported by a joint grant from Siemens Healthcare, Erlangen, Germany, and the Federal State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The University of Greifswald was a member of the “Center of Knowledge Interchange” program of the Siemens AG. Dynamic contrast-enhanced MR mammography research is part of the entire whole-body MRI study and was supported by Bayer Healthcare. The work was further supported by the DFG (grant No. SCHM 2744/1-1).
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