Breast Imaging

Breast Imaging is also known as "mammography" because the soft tissue x-ray method of imaging the breast was our principal tool for many years.  Currently at UAB we also use ultrasound and MRI to image breast tissue, hence the more inclusive name.  We are an MQSA accredited facility. We perform a variety of imaging tests and procedures including:

  • Diagnostic and screening mammography
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Ultrasound guided core biopsy of the breast
  • Fine needle aspiration biopsy of the breast and axilla
  • Stereotactic biopsy of the breast (done mostly for microcalcifications)
  • Ultrasound guided cyst aspiration
  • Clip marker placement in tumors
  • Breast abscess drainage
  • Breast MRI
  • MR guided breast biopsy
  • Ductography (injection and imaging of a draining duct through the nipple)

We have four faculty physicians in our section. 

Dr. Wanda Bernreuter is our immediate past section chief and has done mammography at UAB for 25 years.

Dr. Heidi Umphrey is a physician scientist who also does research in molecular imaging.

In addition to Dr. Umphrey's diagnostic radiology board certification, she is a board certified pathologist.

Funded research projects in which we participate include:

UAB0648: A Phase II, Randomized, Open Label Trial of Pre-Operative (Neoadjuvant) Letrozole (Femara) vs. Letrozole in Combination with Avastin in Post-Menopausal Women with Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer (Breast Cancer Research Foundation-John Hopkins Consortium)

UAB0763: A Phase II Trial of Lapatinib and Trastuzumab with or without Endocrine Therapy in Locally Advanced HER2 Overexpressing Breast Cancer Patients

Imaging Analyses of DR5 Mediated Apoptosis and Therapy in Triple Negative Breast Cancer