Breast Imaging Fellowship Research
Medical Physicists, Drs. Andrew Karellas, Stephen Glick and Srinivasan Vedantham coordinate the research efforts in the Breast Imaging Division. The research section of the Division is internationally known for its accomplishments in this field. A number of research proposals have been submitted to the NIH and are pending review.
Research at various planning stages includes x-ray phase contrast imaging of the breast, assessment of quantitative breast cancer risk through imaging, imaging of microcalcifications with tomographic x-ray techniques, breast PET/CT, and imaging for tumor response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy.
Thanks to the generous philanthropic support from a number of donors in the community, we were able to procure a unique dedicated breast CT system that will be used for research purposes (one of six centers worldwide). This imaging system is manufactured by Koning Corporation (West Henrietta, NY) and it is an experimental device (not FDA approved). It acquires true tomographic and 3D images of the breast without physical compression of the breast. The role of contrast enhanced breast CT in the evaluation of lobular cancers is currently being investigated under an institutional approved IRB protocol.