Preventive Care

Every year, over 230,000 women are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. Next to skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. Awareness and early detection are key in the fight against this disease.

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While approximately 40,000 women die annually from breast cancer, the rate has been decreasing since 1989 thanks to technological advances in screening, diagnosis, and treatment. These advances, along with increased awareness, have allowed many cases to be detected at a much earlier stage, enabling more successful treatment options to be implemented.

Our Clinical Mission

Our clinical mission, to all of our patients, is to utilize the most advanced breast imaging technology available to provide individually tailored, comprehensive evaluations for the early and precise detection and diagnosis of breast diseases. We conduct the highest quality interventional breast procedures, including stereotactic, ultrasound-guided and MRI-guided biopsies.

Experience makes a difference in delivering the best services to our patients. We perform more than 24,000 breast imaging studies and 3,000 interventional breast biopsy procedures each year. These studies are interpreted by six board-certified and breast fellowship-trained radiologists. Our technical staff is sub-specialty certified in mammography.

Diagnostic and Interventional Services

The Breast Imaging Division provides a full spectrum of screening and multi-modality imaging including:

  • 3D digital mammograms (tomosynthesis)
  • Breast ultrasounds
  • Breast MRIs
  • Interventional breast procedures
    • Ultrasound-guided core biopsies, fine needle aspirations and cyst aspirations
    • Stereotactic core biopsies
    • MRI-guided core biopsies

We use state-of-the-art, 3D digital mammography units equipped the capability for supplemental clarification with magnification and spot compression.

Our high-resolution breast ultrasound machines, digital stereotactic core biopsy unit, and breast MRI unit provide the most advanced diagnostic and interventional capabilities for the detection and treatment of breast disease. Hand-held, high- resolution ultrasound examinations are utilized, when appropriate, to differentiate cystic from solid lesions and to further evaluate any areas of concern that arise from a breast exam.

When necessary, needle localizations are performed in conjunction with outpatient surgical biopsy. As an alternative to needle localization and excisional biopsy, stereotactic, ultrasound-guided or MRI guided large core needle biopsies are performed when appropriate.

A Collaborative Effort

Accredited by the American College of Radiology, we maintain close clinical and research collaborations with the departments of Surgery, Radiation Oncology and Medical Oncology.

Our Breast Imaging Division equipment includes:

  • Five 3D digital mammography units
  • Four dedicated breast ultrasound machines
  • Two prone digital stereotactic core biopsy unit
  • A dedicated breast MRI unit

In This Section

Free Mammograms

The Penn Medicine Breast Health Initiative offers free mammograms to women over age 40 who are uninsured or under-insured.

Breast Imaging Services

Penn Radiology provides our patients breast imaging services, including 3D mammography and breast MRI. Read more about our services.

Breast Imaging Team

Penn’s breast imaging team works together to offer you the best possible options for your radiology care needs.


Frequently Asked Questions

Read our frequently asked questions about breast imaging to learn more.

Forms, Instructions and Guides

Download and complete forms in advance of your breast imaging appointment with Penn Radiology.

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