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Breast Imaging

The breast imaging research group focuses on the clinical application of novel techniques using Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Ultrasound (US) to enhance screening and diagnosis of patients with breast diseases. Some high impact research projects completed in the past include abbreviated breast MRI for screening women with dense breasts, automated whole breast ultrasound and opto-acoustic technology for evaluation of breast lesions and cancer diagnosis. Presently, some exciting research projects are taking place at the breast center, such as a breast imaging MRI contrast study evaluating a new contrast agent for the market, imaging of breast core biopsies to improve efficiency of the biopsy process, Artificial Intelligence (AI) projects that will help with diagnosis accuracy, a PET/MRI imaging study for the Pathologic Complete Response (PTC) response of etc.

In their effort to continually improve patient care, breast imaging scientists from the Department of Radiology collaborate with colleagues across Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center, Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern University, including experts in oncology, oncologic surgery, biomedical engineering, preventive medicine and dermatology.

 Sonya Bhole

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

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 Sarah M. Friedewald

I am the Division Chief of Breast and Women’s Imaging and Medical Director of the Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

My specific area of focus is exploring the benefits of digital breast tomosynthesis in both the screening and diagnostic setting. I have published one of the largest studies to date on DBT and its performance characteristics.

I am currently the site PI for an international, multi-center ECOG-ACRIN cooperative group clinical trial that is exploring the utility of an abbreviated MRI scan as an added screening modality for women with dense breasts. I am also the site PI for an international, industry sponsored, MRI contrast clinical trial, funded by Guerbet that is exploring the superiority of new contrast agents. In addition, I am conducting a device study, evaluating a new Optical Coherence Tomography (OTC) device for the imaging of breast core biopsies which has the potential to improve patient care.

I am also part of several other research projects many of which are collaborations with inter and intra-departmental investigators as well as collaborators from other institutions.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

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 Sandra Rao

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 David Schacht

My research focuses on ultrafast and abbreviated MRI methods for screening women with dense breast tissue.

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

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 Lilian Wang

For more information on my research, please view my Feinberg School of Medicine faculty profile.

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