UC Irvine breast patients have access to the full range of state of the art imaging technologies to identify and evaluate patients with breast concerns. Dr. Joan Marshall and Dr. Stephen Feig are experts in the interpretation of data collected by these various techniques.
The dominant screening imaging technology but, is also utilized during the diagnosis of breast cancer. Although other technologies provide important information in some cases that have ambiguous mammographic findings, this technique alone identifies the majority of breast cancers nationwide. Our two dedicated breast radiologists are highly skilled in the interpretation of digital mammographic images.
Dedicated Breast MRI
UC Irvine has teamed with Aurora Breast MRI of Orange County to provide the only the state-of-the-art dedicated breast MRI in Orange County, the Aurora Dedicated Breast MRI System, a Bilateral 3-D SpiralRODEO MRI. It is currently the only commercially available, FDA-cleared, imaging system designed specifically image breasts utilizing MRI technology. Aurora Breast MRI of Orange County offers the most sensitive diagnostic tool in the fight against breast cancer available today.
This availability of an FDA approved dedicated breast MRI system provides a standard for comparison in the efforts of UC Irvine investigators to develop new and improved MRI imaging technologies. Click here for more on advanced MRI research.
Dr. Joan Marshall and Dr. Stephen Feig are currently working with Aurora Breast MRI of Orange County utilizing the AuroraBIOPSY™. This biopsy capability is accurate and fast, and makes it possible to biopsy multiple sites within the same breast, if needed, in a single procedure all guided by dedicated breast MRI imaging.
Ultrasound breast examination is not an X-ray based technology. Rather it is more like sonar that ships use to examine the water and earth underneath them.
UC Irvine has recently completed installation of one of the most advanced PET/CT fusion instruments in the nation. This is the most sophisticated and advanced PET/CT scanner west of the Mississippi. This PET/CT scanner not only provides the highest resolution images of any commercially available scanner, but also permits computer interface with treatment machines in Radiation Oncology to maximize treatment of metabolically active tumor while sparing normal tissues. One of the special features of this instrument, which is not available on more widely used instruments, is the capacity to perform PET/CT guided biopsies of areas with high metabolic activity. This capacity greatly enhances the ability to perform accurate diagnostic biopsies.