About Our Program
We are currently accepting applications for the 2023-2024 position. The one-year fellowship accepts one fellow per year.
The Department of Radiology offers a one-year fellowship in Breast Imaging through the University of Illinois College of Medicine at the OSF Saint Francis Center for Breast Health, formerly known as the Susan G. Komen Breast Center.
Approximately 22,000 screening cases are evaluated and 9,000 diagnostic studies are performed each year at the OSF Saint Francis Center for Breast Health. In addition, over 2,500 interventional procedures as well as 6,000 breast ultrasound examinations, over 450 breast MRI exams and over 150 MR-guided core biopsies are performed each year.
The fellowship is through the University of Illinois College of Medicine, the OSF Saint Francis Center for Breast Health, and OSF HealthCare St. Francis Medical Center, a 600+ bed Level I Trauma Center. It is staffed by five Breast Imaging Radiologists and a dedicated group of technologists and clerical staff. Additionally, there are three dedicated Nurse Navigators and a genetics specialist who runs the High Risk Assessment Program. We provide individualized breast care and imaging according to women’s risk factors, tissue density, and anxiety level to include breast MRI and complete breast ultrasound. Our department works seamlessly with a multidisciplinary team of breast specialists including breast surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, reconstructive surgeons, and other support services to provide optimal care for our breast cancer patients.
The facilities include the OSF Saint Francis Center for Breast Health and three outlying screening sites which together have seven full-field digital Hologic Dimensions 3D Mammography Units with R2 ImageChecker CAD. In addition, the OSF Saint Francis Center for Breast Health is equipped with three Philips EPIQ 5G ultrasound units, a GE Invenia ABUS Automated Breast Ultrasound, a Hologic Affirm prone biopsy system and a Hologic Affirm upright biopsy system both equipped with Brevera breast biopsy specimen imaging system, a GE 450W wide bore 1.5 T MRI system with caring suite equipped with Sentinelle Vanguard Breast MR Auxiliary Table and Suros Eviva breast biopsy system, and a Hologic Horizon A bone densitometry unit. The mammography department at OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center is also equipped with a dedicated Philips iU22 ultrasound unit for additional procedures and diagnostic exams performed at that facility. Surgical departments at the Center for Breast Health and OSF Saint Francis Medical Center are equipped with Savi Scout wire-free localization system with reflector placements at the Center for Breast Health.
The Center for Breast Health has earned the ACR Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence (BICOE) accreditation. The Center is accredited by the National Accreditation Program of Breast Centers (NAPBC) and was one of the first four programs in the country to receive full accreditation.