Breast Cancer Detection and Diagnosis

Breast screenings and mammograms

Finding Your Breast Cancer

Effective breast care begins with screening and early detection. At the University of Chicago Medicine, our board-certified radiologists provide the full range of image interpretation and image-guided procedures to uncover signs of disease, including:

  • Traditional digital mammography, breast ultrasound and breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Novel imaging such as breast tomosynthesis and automated whole breast ultrasound, which decrease the chances a woman without breast cancer needs to come back after her screening test for more evaluation
  • Same-day breast screenings as well as Saturday mammograms to make these vital services available to women with busy schedules
  • Same-week diagnostic mammograms and same-week biopsy

Much of our radiologists' work is integrated with colleagues throughout the Breast Center.  This includes performing procedures to better identify the precise location of the cancer for patients who will have surgery; using MRI to monitor patients undergoing chemotherapy before surgery (called neoadjuvant chemotherapy); and performing screening for patients who have strong family histories of breast cancer or a genetic predisposition to cancer.

Understanding Your Breast Cancer

Understanding the biological makeup of breast cancer is an important first step to beating this disease, which is why our breast cancer program includes board-certified pathologists who focus their practice in breast cancer.

At the University of Chicago Medicine, our breast pathology service is comprised of experienced pathologists who fellowship-trained at leading teaching institutions and focus their practice solely on benign and malignant breast diseases. Dedicated pathology assistants ensure specimens are prepared effectively for fast and accurate pathology results. These results play a key role in informing treatment planning.

Beyond the initial pathology results, our pathologists provide crucial insight and expertise in the multidisciplinary treatment of breast cancer patients.

Cancer Risk Assessment and Prevention

The University of Chicago Medicine boasts one of the most comprehensive programs for genetic counseling and testing for cancer risk. Our oncologists work in tandem with board-certified genetic counselors to help patients understand the risks and benefits associated with genetic testing; guide them through appropriate screening and prevention options; and provide more information for their family and their care.

At the University of Chicago Medicine, we believe patients should be informed and have an active role in their treatment and management of breast cancer risk. »Learn more about our services for cancer risk assessment and prevention