Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) and the leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the U.S. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives. The good news is that the five-year relative survival rate is ninety-eight percent if the cancer is detected at its earliest stage, when it’s most curable. Early detection is critical to successful treatment and survival.
An untiring dedication and commitment to women’s breast health—this is what women and their families in Virginia can expect when they seek out breast care services at the University of Virginia’s Division of Breast Imaging. Our dedicated team of physicians, nurses, and technologists provide patients with a comprehensive, high quality, and individually tailored evaluation for early detection and diagnosis of breast disease. Our Breast Care Center is the only facility in Virginia combining surgery and breast imaging. And unlike many other facilities, radiologists in our Breast Care Center work exclusively with breast imaging—rendering a quality of care unmatched in the area.
The Division is fully equipped with the latest technology, offering the full range of breast cancer screening procedures and services: clinical consultation, screening and diagnostic mammography, tomosynthesis, breast ultrasound, breast MRI, galactography, and image-guided interventional procedures. Core biopsies are performed under ultrasound, stereotactic, and MRI guidance. Digital mammography services are also available. We perform approximately 16,000 mammograms, 2,900 breast ultrasounds, 800 breast MRIs and 1,200 interventional breast procedures per year. Coordinated through the UVA Cancer Center (a National Cancer Institute Designated Cancer Center), the University of Virginia also has a mobile mammography coach that can perform screening mammograms at worksites and outlying community locations.
The Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging offers qualified physicians a one-year non-tenured breast imaging instructorship. Candidates must have an MD or equivalent and successfully completed a residency in diagnostic radiology at an ACGME accredited institution. More >
International Visiting Fellowships
We offer a three- to six-month fellowship for qualified international candidates. The purpose of this program is to improve breast imaging knowledge and practice at foreign medical institutions. More >
Community: Women’s Four Miler
Over the past 38 years, the Charlottesville Women’s Four Miler charity has raised more than $4.25 million for the UVA Breast Care Program. Thanks in part to this support, the UVA Cancer Center’s High Risk Breast and Ovarian Cancer Program offers women ages 18-70 a comprehensive program to assess risk and create a care plan specific to each woman’s risk level. The Women’s Four Miler takes place yearly every fall (typically in September). More >