Breast Imaging Track

Overview

During the Breast Imaging Track, you receive advanced training in all aspects of breast radiology. The program is designed to provide you with clinical and academic subspecialty training while you work closely with experts in the imaging and interventional aspects of breast imaging.

Becoming a proficient breast radiologist requires a more dedicated study of breast disease processes, pathophysiology and imaging techniques than most radiologists are able to obtain in four years of general radiology residency training.

The Breast Imaging Track teaches radiologists to become highly proficient breast imagers functioning at a subspecialty level. You are introduced to numerous imaging technologies, including modalities not offered at many institutions. This specialized breast training prepares you for expertise in either an academic or subspecialized private practice.

Curriculum

This track's broad, in-depth curriculum covers all the fundamentals of breast imaging.

Clinical training

Your clinical time includes training in the following:

  • 2-D and 3-D screening mammography
  • 2-D and 3-D diagnostic mammography
  • Diagnostic ultrasonography
  • Breast MRI
  • Molecular breast imaging (MBI)
  • Contrast-enhanced digital mammography (CEDM)
  • 2-D stereotactic biopsy
  • 3-D stereotactic biopsy
  • Ultrasound-guided biopsy
  • MRI-guided biopsy
  • Radioactive seed localizations
  • Sentinel lymph node injections

Elective opportunities

You are given up to three four-week blocks of elective time that can be spent in two areas outside of breast imaging. See the fellowship's curriculum page for available elective opportunities and minimum number of four-week blocks required for each elective.

Conferences

During the Breast Imaging Track, you participate in these recurring conferences:

  • Multidisciplinary breast conference. In this weekly conference, breast specialists representing various aspects of medicine meet to discuss patients recently diagnosed with breast cancer in order to determine the most appropriate course of treatment and imaging. Conference attendees include radiologists, surgeons, pathologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, medical geneticists, nurses, physician assistants and even the hospital chaplain.
  • Breast radiology-pathology conference. In this monthly conference, the breast-imaging team (radiology residents, fellows, technologists, nurses and faculty) meet with pathology to learn imaging and pathology correlation.
  • Breast-imaging educational conferences. Every two weeks, the breast-imaging division hosts didactic conferences or case-based conferences for residents and fellows.

Additionally, you can participate in multiple conferences offered by the other radiology subspecialty areas.

Research training

Mayo Clinic's breast-imaging division in Arizona is actively involved in clinical research. You are expected to participate in one or more projects with the breast-imaging staff during your fellowship year.

Faculty

Contact

Veronique Gabriel
Breast Imaging Track Education Coordinator
Phone: 480-342-4843
Email: gabriel.veronique@mayo.edu

Victor J. Pizzitola, M.D.
Breast Imaging Track Director
Email: pizzitola.victor@mayo.edu

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