GW is home to a state-of-the-art breast imaging center that integrates compassionate care with some of the most advanced technology in the nation. A high-volume facility, the Breast Imaging and Intervention Center performs approximately 25,000 mammograms each year and 200 biopsies each month.
Residents rotate in the Breast Imaging and Intervention Center during the beginning of their second year and regularly thereafter during the third and fourth years. The service emphasizes an aggressive, multi-modality approach towards the early detection of breast cancer.
The service is responsible for performing routine screening mammograms, diagnostic mammograms, Breast MRI, and newer technologies including Breast Specific Gamma Imaging (BSGI) and three-dimensional ultrasound. Additionally, imaging guided procedures, including wire localizations, stereotactic biopsies, and ultrasound and MRI guided biopsies, are performed. Residents are given increasing responsibility in the interpretation of studies and performance of procedures. Breast Imaging fellows assist in teaching residents and run several multi-disciplinary conferences with the departments of pathology, medicinal oncology, and surgical oncology.
Research & Policy
There are multiple active research trials underway at the Breast Imaging and Intervention Center focused on defining the role of emerging technologies in the identification of early, mammographically occult cancer. These modalities include Breast Specific Gamma Imaging, Whole Breast Screening Ultrasound, MRI, and elastography with three full-time research coordinators. There is ample opportunity for resident involvement in research.
The division also puts a strong emphasis on public health and health policy. Division faculty members work regularly with Congress to further education, awareness and legislature to enhance breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.