Wei Yang, M.D.
Jessica Leung, M.D.
Breast Imaging radiologists participate in the practice of breast radiology, including:
- Digital mammography interpretation: Screening and Diagnostic
- Digital mammography intervention: Needle localization, Stereotactic biopsy and Ductography
- High-resolution sonography
- Ultrasound-guided intervention: Needle biopsy and Needle localization
- Breast MRI interpretation
- Breast MRI intervention: Needle biopsy and Needle localization
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.
Nearly 59,000 procedures were performed in the section in 2014. Adjunct nuclear medicine 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 units with power Doppler capabilities
- 4 breast MRI units (three are 1.5, and two are 3.0T units), three of which have MRI breast biopsy capabilities.
Breast Imaging is proud to 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.
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has a joint partnership with Memorial Hermann to 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.
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 two years.
Diagnostic Radiology Department
Breast Imaging Section
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Boulevard, Unit 1350
Houston, TX 77030