Radiology Personnel

Habib Rahbar, M.D.

Associate Professor
Clinical Director of Breast Imaging, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Breast Imaging


Dr. Rahbar is an associate professor in the University of Washington (UW) Department of Radiology. A board certified radiologist, he works in the breast imaging section at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) and serves as the Breast Imaging Clinical Director and Fellowship Director. Dr. Rahbar earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelpha and his M.D. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He completed his radiology residency training and breast imaging fellowship at the UW and stayed on as faculty upon graduation. His clinical practice at the SCCA includes digital mammography, digital breast tomosynthesis (or “3D mammography”), breast ultrasound, breast MRI, and image-guided procedures of the breast. Dr. Rahbar’s primary research interests include the identification of MRI features that can be used to improve management of ductal carcinoma in situ, the use of non-contrast MRI techniques to identify and characterize breast cancers, and the identification of MRI markers of risk of developing breast cancer.

Recent Publications

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Risk for Upgrade to Malignancy After Breast Core Needle Biopsy Diagnosis of Lobular Neoplasia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Shehata M.N., Rahbar H., Flanagan M.R., Kilgore M.R., Lee C.I., Ryser M.D., Lowry K.P.
Journal of the American College of Radiology. 2020 Oct:1207-1219

Comparison of Abbreviated Breast MRI vs Digital Breast Tomosynthesis for Breast Cancer Detection among Women with Dense Breasts Undergoing Screening
Comstock C.E., Gatsonis C., Newstead G.M., Snyder B.S., Gareen I.F., Bergin J.T., Rahbar H., Sung J.S., Jacobs C., Harvey J.A., Nicholson M.H., Ward R.C., Holt J., Prather A., Miller K.D., Schnall M.D., Kuhl C.K.
JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association. 2020 Feb:746-756

Editorial for “Stromal Collagen Content in Breast Tumors Correlates With in vivo Diffusion-Weighted Imaging: A Comparison of Multi b-Value DWI With Histologic Specimen From Benign and Malignant Breast Lesions”
Rahbar H., Partridge S., Ha R.
Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. 2020 Jan

Ductal Carcinoma In Situ Biology, Language, and Active Surveillance: A Survey of Breast Radiologists’ Knowledge and Opinions
Grimm L.J., Destounis S.V., Rahbar H., Soo M.S., Poplack S.P.
Journal of the American College of Radiology. 2020 Jan

Breast Cancer Conspicuity on Computed Versus Acquired High b-Value Diffusion-Weighted MRI
DelPriore M.R., Biswas D., Hippe D.S., Zecevic M., Parsian S., Scheel J.R., Rahbar H., Partridge S.C.
Academic Radiology. 2020 Jan

Diffusion tensor imaging for characterizing tumor microstructure and improving diagnostic performance on breast MRI: A prospective observational study
Luo J., Hippe D., Rahbar H., Parsian S., Rendi M., Partridge S.
Breast Cancer Research. 2019 Sep

Double reading of automated breast ultrasound with digital mammography or digital breast tomosynthesis for breast cancer screening
Lee J., Partridge S., Liao G., Hippe D., Kim A., Lee C., Rahbar H., Scheel J., Lehman C.
Clinical Imaging. 2019 May:119-125

Utility of Diffusion-weighted Imaging to Decrease Unnecessary Biopsies Prompted by Breast MRI: A Trial of the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group (A6702)
Rahbar H., Zhang Z., Chenevert T., Romanoff J., Kitsch A., Hanna L., Harvey S., Moy L., DeMartini W., Dogan B., Yang W., Wang L., Joe B., Oh K., Neal C., McDonald E., Schnall M., Lehman C., Comstock C., Partridge S.
Clinical cancer research : an official journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. 2019 Mar:1756-1765

The Impact of Preoperative Breast MRI on Surgical Management of Women with Newly Diagnosed Ductal Carcinoma In Situ
Lam D., Smith J., Partridge S., Kim A., Javid S., Hippe D., Lehman C., Lee J., Rahbar H.
Academic Radiology. 2019 Jan

Diffusion-weighted MRI for unenhanced breast cancer screening
Amornsiripanitch N., Bickelhaupt S., Shin H., Dang M., Rahbar H., Pinker K., Partridge S.
Radiology. 2019 Jan:504-520