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Breast Imaging

The Breast Imaging Center of the University of Miami, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Miller School of Medicine is one of two accredited Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence in Miami-Dade County, as conferred by the Commission of Quality and Safety and the Commission of Breast Imaging of the American College of Radiology. We are the only university-based breast imaging center of South Florida, which provides unique opportunities for interaction with world renowned specialists with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer who lead diverse and cutting edge clinical trials. Multidisciplinary breast site group participation maintains the highest academic level of care which involves the interaction between surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists and genetic counselors as well as dedicated patient coordinators.

The center consists of a group of board-certified and fellowship-trained breast dedicated radiologists with experience and training in all imaging modalities for the evaluation and detection of breast pathology. We provide screening and diagnostic examinations tailored to each patient’s particular risk factors including digital mammography, breast ultrasound and breast MRI, as well as perform image-guided biopsies and localization procedures under each of these imaging modalities in a personalized, compassionate, and caring manner. Diagnostic results are provided at the time of evaluation, by a physician to each and every patient to minimize the anxiety and discomfort of unknown results.

Mission

Our mission is to reduce the impact of breast cancer by providing expert patient care in a compassionate and personalized atmosphere, using state-of-the-art technology, while maintaining the highest academic and professional standards.

Services Provided

  • Screening and diagnostic mammography
  • Breast Ultrasound
  • Breast MRI
  • Image-guided biopsies and localization procedures using mammographic, stereotactic, ultrasound and MRI guidance – For more information, please click here.
  • Second opinions for breast imaging studies performed at other institutions

Hospital Affiliation

  • University of Miami Hospital and Clinics
  • Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center (Miami and Deerfield Beach locations)
  • Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • University of Miami Hospital

Areas of Expertise

  • All areas of breast imaging and diagnosis of benign and malignant breast related diseases.
  • Image-guided interventional procedures.

Resources

Full field Digital Mammography and Computer-Aided Diagnosis (CAD)
High-Resolution Breast Ultrasound
1.5 Tesla MRI magnetic with 8 channel dedicated breast coil with CAD system and dedicated interventional equipment (3.0 Tesla magnet expected in January, 2012 with full biopsy capability)
Vacuum assisted biopsy and needle localization capability under stereotactic, ultrasound and MR guidance

Education

  • We provide 12 weeks of ACGME required breast imaging training for the radiology residents of the JMH/UM radiology residency program.
  • Residents participate actively in case interpretation, diagnosis, and management discussions and have hands-on experience with breast interventional procedures. They are assigned subjects for discussion and participate in journal clubs. They attend dedicated lectures (approximately 20 per year), participate in multidisciplinary breast site groups, and are encouraged to participate in breast related research projects.

Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer is the second most common cancer affecting women after skin cancer, and the second leading cause of female mortality due to cancer. It is estimated that one in every eight women will develop breast cancer over the course of their lives.

Despite many technological advances, mammography is still considered the gold standard for early detection of breast cancer, and although there has been recent controversy regarding the age at which to begin screening mammography and how often to perform it, all studies have agreed that early detection not only decreases mortality by as much as 40%, but increases the number of years gained and quality of life of those patients who are diagnosed with this disease. Early detection leads to more conservative and less aggressive treatment. For more information please visit Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and download the Breast Cancer Recommendations brochure.

Because of this, multiple organizations such as the American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology, Society of Breast Imaging, and the Susan G. Komen foundation have energetically made the following recommendations for screening, which we at the University of Miami also endorse:

  • Baseline mammogram at the age of 40
  • Yearly mammogram thereafter
  • Regarding the 75 and older age group, the decision to continue screening after age 75 should be evaluated by the patient with her physician, taking into consideration the woman’s overall state of health, current life expectancy and quality of life issues. Women seriously ill with other conditions may not benefit from breast cancer screening.

As a center of excellence, we are committed to follow these recommendations. For more information please visit the following ACR website

Women who are at a very high risk for breast cancer due to genetic mutations or a history of chest irradiation will benefit from additional annual screening with breast MRI. Other women who are at higher than average risk due to a personal history of breast cancer, a strong family history, prior high-risk breast lesions or very dense breast tissue may benefit from additional screening modalities such as breast ultrasound and/or breast MRI. These decisions should be tailored to each patient’s particular circumstances.