UCSF Breast Imaging offers a full spectrum of imaging techniques for detecting and diagnosing breast cancer and related cancers, using the most advanced equipment. Our services range from digital mammograms to breast MRIs and ultrasounds to image-guided procedures, such as taking tissue samples, removing fluid and locating areas of concern before a surgical biopsy. (See the complete list below of available imaging services. Not all services are available at every location.)
Our record as a world-renowned breast imaging program spans 30 years. Speed of diagnosis is a distinguishing feature, supported by the prompt reporting of breast imaging results. (Results are available in MyChart or by request from the UCSF Imaging Library.) We use 100 percent full-field digital mammography, which has been shown to detect cancers that were missed using older technologies and uses less radiation than analog mammography.
Specialized nurse navigators
Our nurse navigators are registered nurses with special training in breast imaging and breast care. They serve as your primary point of contact and personal advocate from the time an abnormality is found through diagnosis. Your nurse navigator provides personalized education, care coordination, and support to both you and your family.
Our nurse navigator services include:
- Providing breast cancer risk-reduction counseling and screening recommendations
- Explaining your imaging results and guiding you through the recommended next steps
- Helping you prepare for and recover from biopsy procedures
- Informing you about your biopsy results and recommended follow-up care
- Discussing breast cancer pathology (specifics on a particular cancer and how it tends to progress) and providing an overview of treatments
- Arranging for referrals to breast health specialists, genetic counselors and social workers
To contact our nurse navigators, please call (415) 502-4595 or email [email protected].
Images and reports
Getting your results
A radiologist will review your images and write a report. When finalized, the report and your images will be available in MyChart, UCSF's secure online portal for patients. You can access this report as soon as this occurs, so you may see it before your referring doctor does. Learn more about receiving test results and medical reports in MyChart. If you have questions about a report, please contact your referring doctor.
Rest assured that if your results are abnormal, one of our nurse navigators will reach out to you within two business days to discuss the results and answer your questions. The nurse will also talk to you about any recommended follow-up tests and help you schedule them. It's important to know that in most cases of an abnormal result, additional testing determines that there is no cancer.
To get a CD of your medical images and reports, send a request to the UCSF Imaging Library.
Sending images to UCSF
If you need to send medical images that were taken at another institution to your UCSF radiologist, you can do so through our secure online portal. For instructions, visit How to Send Radiology Images to UCSF.
Not all services are available at every one of our locations (see map below). Our schedulers can let you know which locations offer the service you need.
Doctor referral required
Bonnie N. Joe
Edward A. Sickles
Loretta (Lori) Strachowski
RN, BSNNurse navigator
RN, BSNNurse navigator
Awards and recognition
Accredited breast imaging center of excellence
Digital Tomosynthesis Mammography and Digital Mammography in Screening Patients for Breast Canc...
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Contrast-Enhanced MRI for the Characterization of Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS)
Conspicuity of DCIS lesion, agreement of disease extent with biopsy, and overall image quality will be used to determine the overall image quality for each MRI.
Plan your visit
What to Bring
- Photo I.D.
- Health insurance card
- List of your medications, including dosages
- Written request form for the procedure, if your doctor gave you one
- List of questions you may have
- Device or paper for taking notes
Our research initiatives
Athena Breast Health Network
The Athena Breast Health Network, a collaborative organization that includes UCSF, promotes data sharing to help all partners deliver more effective and personalized care to patients with breast cancer.
UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center Research
UCSF is home to a range of research initiatives aimed at improving outcomes for cancer patients everywhere. This includes research on topics such as immunotherapy, BRCA mutations and molecular diagnostic testing.