Section of Breast Imaging





Jessica  Leung, M.D.
Section Chief, Professor

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Julie and Ben Rogers Breast Diagnostic Clinic is designated a Center of Excellence in Breast Imaging by the American College of Radiology (ACR), an accrediting body of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. To receive the “Center of Excellence” designation, a center must be fully accredited by the ACR in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, and breast ultrasonography.

Nearly 59,000 procedures were performed in the section in 2014. Adjunct nuclear medicine (lymphoscintigraphy) is available in the Nuclear Medicine Department.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Julie and Ben Rogers Breast Diagnostic Clinic utilizes state-of-the art imaging equipment that includes:

• 11 digital mammography machines for breast cancer screening and diagnostic evaluation
• 1 prone stereotactic biopsy unit for digital mammography intervention
• 8 high-resolution sonography units with power Doppler capabilities
• 4 breast magnetic resonance imaging units (3 are 1.5, and 2 are 3.0T units), 3 of which have MRI breast biopsy capabilities.


Our mission in the Breast Imaging Clinic is to assist each woman through cancer or imaging workup efficiently, seamlessly, and with minimal discomfort and anxiety. We strive to provide a “one-stop-shop” possibility for women who have same-day breast imaging and clinic appointments, by providing preliminary imaging and pathology results at the time of clinic appointment.

Clinical Practice

The Breast Imaging Section is a sub-specialty section of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology. 36 dedicated breast radiologists participate in the multimodality practice of breast radiology, including:

Digital mammography interpretation

  • Screening
  • Diagnostic

Digital mammography intervention

  • Needle localization
  • Stereotactic biopsy
  • Ductography

High-resolution sonography

Ultrasound-guided intervention

  • Needle biopsy
  • Needle localization

Breast MRI interpretation

Breast MRI intervention

  • Needle biopsy
  • Needle localization

Faculty are assisted by 18 dedicated mammography technologists, 9 dedicated breast ultrasound technologists, 2 managers, 3 supervisors, 4 nurses, and 5 radiology assistants.

Breast Imaging Faculty

Wei-Tse Yang, M.D. - Chair of Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Professor
Research Interests:
 Multimodality breast imaging (mammography, ultrasound, MRI) biomarker correlates for molecular subtypes of breast cancer. Response evaluation using innovative breast imaging technology (molecular breast imaging, optico-acoustic sonography (hand-held and tomographic), functional MR. Imaging assisted advances in minimally invasive surgery for breast cancer (targeted axillary dissection, surgical therapeutic algorithms for breast cancer subtypes).

Jessica Leung, M.D. - Section Chief of Breast Imaging, Professor
Research Interests:
 Outcomes analyses in clinical breast imaging and population-based studies, especially in areas of utilization, cost-effectiveness, delivery of care, predictive values, multimodality correlation, and minimally invasive biopsy.

Beatriz Adrada, M.D. - Associate Professor
Research Interests:
 Minimally invasive breast interventions:  biopsies, cancer localization, needle excision, 3-D Digital Breast Tomosynthesis, molecular Breast Imaging

Elsa Arribas, M.D. - Associate Professor
Research Interests:
Screening Breast Ultrasound in High-Risk Women

Rosalind Candelaria, M.D. - Assistant Professor
Research Interests: 
Use of multimodality breast imaging in the diagnosis and staging of breast cancer, use of imaging techniques for assessing treatment response in breast cancer.

Lauren Q. Chang Sen, M.D.  - Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Multimodality Breast Imaging, patient and provider education and outreach, radioactive seed localization

Basak Dogan, M.D. - Medical Director of the Julie and Ben Rogers Breast Diagnostic Clinic, Associate Professor
Research Interests:
 Advanced breast MRI applications, Optoacoustic and micro bubble contrast-enhanced ultrasound of sentinel lymph nodes.

Mark Dryden, M.D. - Associate Professor
Research Interests:
 Imaging of the reconstructed breast, effect of unopposed estrogen on the untreated breast in women with a history of breast cancer, specimen radiography may be useful following MR-guided needle localization and surgical excision of breast lesions, sentinel lymph node mapping with mammographic guidance: technical feasibility, breast imaging: current concepts and future directions.

Bruno Fornage, M.D. - Professor
Research Interests: Ultrasound-related imaging and interventional techniques, specifically those applied to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.  In 1999, he was the first to place custom-made metallic markers in malignant tumors prior to neoadjuvant therapy. In 2000, he published the first clinical study of ultrasound imaging of breast cancer with contrast agents; and in 2005, he reported the first clinical use of optoacoustic imaging of the breast. With his colleagues in the Department of Surgical Oncology, Dr. Fornage pioneered the use of radiofrequency ablation and cryoablation of tumors in the liver and in the breast, and his expertise in these fields of interventional radiology has earned him international recognition.

Karen Gerlach, M.D. - Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Neurofibroma, Arteriovenous Malformations, Partake in UCI breast density study in conjunction with the Department of Physics, Breast Intervention: [in] Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnosis: A Synopsis, Partake in the Athena Breast Health Network Reader Study, Management of dysfunctional uterine bleeding in adolescents, PEDICON International pediatric meeting
Immunizing Mice with Peptides to Confirm that Local Structural Instability in Native Bacteriophage T4 Lysozyme Helps Direct Helper T-cell Epitope Immunodominance, Local Structural Instability Directs Helper T-Cell Epitope Immunodominance in T4 Lysozyme

Monali Gupta, M.D. - Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
breast tomosynthesis with emphasis on new applications, and high risk screening including new and emerging imaging modalities

Monica Huang, M.D. - Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
 Minimally invasive breast interventions: biopsies, cancer localization, needle excision, 3-D Digital Breast Tomosynthesis and Synthesized Mammography, Molecular Breast Imaging, Imaging, classification, and management of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)

Megan Kalambo, M.D. - Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
 Multimodality Breast Imaging, Digital Tomosynthesis, High resolution whole breast ultrasound, Breast Cancer Staging

Anne Kushwaha, M.D. - Associate Professor
Research Interests:
 Developing a high risk screening for hereditary breast cancer syndromes at MD Anderson and Memorial Hermann Breast Services, Proper evaluation of breast pain, Inflammatory Breast Cancer, Management of High Risk lesions, Cost Effectiveness of Current Breast Practices

Deanna Lane, M.D. - Associate Professor
Research Interests: Imaging techniques for the locoregional staging of breast cancer, Ultrasound assessment of regional lymph nodes in breast cancer patients, Imaging assessment of tumor response to chemotherapy

Ravinder Legha, M.D. - Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
 Quality improvement, Implementation of an academic practice in a community setting

Huong Le-Petross, M.D. - Professor
Research Interests: Breast Imaging and Breast Intervention (Mammography, Tomosynthesis, Ultrasound, Breast MRI, Diagnostic Biopsy, Cryoablation Treatment), Anatomical and Functional Cross-Sectional Imaging related to Metastatic Breast Cancer (MRI, PET-CT, PET-MRI, CT, Functional Imaging), Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer Prevention Trials, Breast Cancer Staging and Assessment of Response using Imaging Technology, Inflammatory Breast Cancer and Genomics

Sarah Martaindale, M.D. - Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Tomosynthesis utilization to improve patient experience and cancer detection/characterization

Ray Mayo III, M.D. - Assistant Professor
Research Interests: High risk population modeling, Fast MRI, Therapeutic Interventions

Tanya Moseley, M.D. - Professor
Research Interests: Breast density in high-risk patients

Rajni Natesan, M.D. - Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Multimodality breast imaging, Clinical trials in breast cancer, Quality and Information Technology, Cost-effective Radiology Delivery, Patient-centered Operational Design

Toma Omofoye, M.D. - Assistant Professor
Research Interests: To develop focus areas of research that enhance utilization of imaging during oncologic imaging and understanding early presentation of breast malignancy.

Jay Parikh, M.D. - Medical Director of the MD Anderson Cancer Center Breast Care Network, Associate Professor
Research Interests:
 Outcomes audits and quality assessment in breast imaging, screening mammography, accountable care organizations and health policy, Physician Wellness

Rachel E. Perry, M.D. - Assistant Professor
Research Interests: High risk breast screening and standardization of breast imaging protocols across a multi-centered health system.

Kanchan Phalak, M.D. - Assistant Professor
Research Interests: High risk screening, MRI

Lumarie Santiago, M.D. - Associate Professor
Research Interests: 
Minimally invasive percutaneous breast interventions, advanced breast imaging techniques

Marion Scoggins, M.D. - Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
High-Risk Breast Lesions, Automated Breast Ultrasound, Quality Improvement

Kyungmin (Karen) Shin, M.D. - Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
 Multimodality breast imaging with special interest in tomosynthesis and MRI, Imaging assistance for minimally invasive treatment for breast cancer (targeted axillary dissection), Imaging with clinical correlation for male breast cancer

Megan E. Speer, M.D. - Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Utilization of breast magnetic resonance imaging in high risk lesions

Ashmitha Srivinvasan, M.D. - Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Patient education and community outreach programs for early detection, Rad-path correlation of benign and malignant breast pathology

Davis Teichgraeber, M.D. - Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
 Breast tomosynthesis in diagnostic setting, tomosynthesis guided intervention, high risk screening

Hilda Tso, M.D. - Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Screening and breast cancer diagnosis, multimodality approach to breast imaging and breast intervention

Olena Weaver, M.D. - Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
 High-risk breast pathology, breast MRI, breast cancer in elderly population

Gary Whitman, M.D. - Professor
Research Interests:
 High risk screening, high risk lesions, unusual breast lesions, monitoring response to therapy

Current Research

Breast Imaging is proud to be support the Moon Shots program that seeks to dramatically — and quickly — reduce deaths and suffering caused by cancer. 

MD Anderson's first  moon shots aim at cancers that are especially lethal: lung cancer, leukemias (CLL, MDS-AML), triple-negative breast cancer, high-grade serous ovarian cancer, prostate cancer and melanoma. As we find new paths to prevention, early detection and treatment of these cancers, we expect what we learn to reshape the way we attack all other cancers.

Breast Moon Shots Program (video)

Partnership with Memorial Hermann

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has a joint partnership with Memorial Hermann comprised of MD Anderson breast imaging physicians that provide professional services to the Memorial Hermann health system. Through this innovative partnership with Memorial Hermann, MD Anderson is increasing access to its breast imaging and diagnostics services. The patient-driven breast care centers offer comprehensive, state-of-the-art and diagnostic services including, but not limited to, breast MRIs, biopsies and ultrasounds, as well as 3D and digital mammography with board-certified and dedicated breast specialists.

In November 2014, this integrated breast screening network began operations at five of Memorial Hermann’s breast care centers:  Memorial City, The Woodlands, Northeast, Southwest and Sugar Land. In the next few months, the network will expand to Memorial Hermann’s Katy, Pearland, Pasadena, Upper Kirby and Northwest locations. Expansion planning is also underway for centers in Cypress, South Katy and Spring.

By expanding access to MD Anderson’s expert imaging, reading and interpretation and research, patients now have the flexibility and convenience of a community location through the expansive Memorial Hermann network. Our radiologists will be on-site to provide specialized image interpretation, perform biopsies if needed and consult with patients and physicians. Since the program’s launch in November 2014, our radiologists have performed more than 40,000 procedures.

As a complement to MD Anderson’s Houston-area locations, this screening network provides us with an opportunity to provide care to more patients earlier and more effectively. With the addition of nine new community locations by the end of 2015, the breast screening and diagnostic program has power to exponentially expand MD Anderson’s reach-possibly impacting over 100,000 Houston area women-and help MD Anderson move closer to eliminating breast cancer in our region.

Breast Imaging Education & Training

The Breast Imaging Fellowship is a much sought after program that attracts more than 45 applicants each year. It is a 12-month program that provides experience in multimodality breast imaging and intervention, and ample opportunity for multidisciplinary interactions with a dedicated team of breast physicians.We actively participate in the University of Texas at Houston Diagnostic Radiology training program for fellows, residents and medical students.

We partner with the Global Academic Program of MD Anderson to host international observers and have been host to more than 10 international observers over the past 2 years.

Breast Imaging Contact Information

Physical Address

Department of Diagnostic Radiology 
Breast Imaging Section
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1155 Pressler Street, Unit 1350
Houston, TX 77030-3721
Main Phone: 713-745-4555

Mailing Address

Department of Diagnostic Radiology 
Breast Imaging Section
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Boulevard, Unit 1350
Houston, TX 77030

Patient Education

What is Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer? (video)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) for Women at High Risk of Breast Cancer (PDF)

Positron Emission Tomography - PET/CT Scan (PDF)