UW Radiology

Observership

Observership in Breast Imaging

The Breast Imaging section offers observation periods of one or two weeks in length. We can accommodate one observer at a time or two observers from the same institution.

We provide the full range of breast imaging services including digital mammography, ultrasound, MRI, and all image-guided procedures (US, stereotactic and MR guided biopsies and wire localizations). We perform approximately 250 screening and 110 diagnostic mammograms, 60 breast ultrasounds, 25 image guided procedures, and 20 breast MRIs each week. You are welcome to attend our multidisciplinary conferences that are held every Tuesday and Friday, as well as our Thursday teaching sessions. You may choose to observe the parts of our practice that are of most interest to you.

Observation takes place at the Women’s Center at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA). The SCCA is an alliance between the University of Washington, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Seattle Children’s Hospital. The University of Washington Department of Radiology Breast Imaging Section performs all breast MRI, diagnostic imaging, and procedures at the SCCA. All screening mammograms from our satellite sites are digitally acquired and sent electronically for central review at the SCCA. All faculty members are specialized, fellowship-trained breast imagers and all are faculty in our department with expertise in clinical work, education, and research. For more information about the SCCA and our breast imaging facilities in our Women’s Center, see our Web page: www.seattlecca.org.

Fees

Our fees are as follows, per person:

$2500 for 1 week
$5000 for 2 weeks

These fees are given as contributions to our University of Washington fund designated specifically for support of breast cancer imaging research and education.

How to Setup an Observation

We are able to accommodate one observer at a time or two observers from the same institution. We advise you to carefully coordinate visit dates with the Breast Imaging Program Coordinator. Suggested dates are not final until you receive confirmation from the coordinator. Upon receipt of your completed reservation form, we will email confirmation of the available dates. Please allow a minimum of 4 weeks to process your registration.

To obtain a reservation form and schedule a visit, please contact the Breast Imaging Program Coordinator: Phone: (206) 288-6241 or E-mail: assistbreastimaging@seattlecca.org.