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Breast Cancer Screening

"A screening test tries to find a disease before there are any symptoms. With breast cancer, there's a misconception that if you feel fine, don't have a lump, and have no family history of breast cancer, you're okay. The truth is that three-quarters of the women in whom we find breast cancer have no risk factors. So screening is important for everyone."
-- Susan Greenstein Orel, M.D.

The American Cancer Society recommends a combination of breast self-exams (BSE), regular clinical breast examinations (CBE) and annual screening mammograms beginning at the age of 40.

Breast self-exam (BSE) is an examination of your own breast once a month. This examination will help you familiarize yourself with how your breasts normally look and feel. It should be performed several days after your period ends, when your breasts are less likely to be swollen or tender. If you no longer having periods then you can choose any day that is easy to remember.

A clinical breast examination (CBE) is an examination of your breast and under arm area by a health care professional, such as a doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant. First, the health care professional will look at your breast for abnormalities in shape or size, or changes in the skin of the nipples or breast. Then with the pads of their fingers, they will gently palpate your breast and under arm area, feeling for any abnormal textures or lumps.

A screening mammogram uses computers and a digital detector that produces detailed digital images of breast tissue. Computer-aided detection (CAD) helps the radiologist easily identify breast abnormalities.

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Caroline M. Cranford, MD, MBA

Board Certified:
American Board of Radiology

Fellowship:
Womens Imaging, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ

Residency:
Diagnostic Radiology, The University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Medical School:
Northwestern University, The Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Certificate of Added Qualifications/ Maintenance of Certification:
Diagnostic Radiology

Christophe P. Frouge, MD, PhD

Board Certified:
American Board of Radiology

Fellowship:
Interventional Radiology. Ancien Chef de Clinique de Hopitaux de Paris. Breast Imaging. Institut Gustave Roussy. Villejuif, France

Residency:
Ancien Interne de Hopitaux de Paris

Medical School:
Faculte de Medecine Paris Ouest

Certificate of Added Qualifications/ Maintenance of Certification:
Diagnostic Radiology

Threasa H. Frouge, MD

Board Certified:
American Board of Radiology

Fellowship:
Nuclear Medicine, Abdominal Imaging and Interventional Radiology, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, St. Louis, MO

Residency:
Diagnostic Radiology, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, St. Louis, MO

Medical School:
Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC

Certificate of Added Qualifications/ Maintenance of Certification:
Diagnostic Radiology, Vascular and Interventional Radiology, Neuroradiology, Nuclear Radiology

Sri Preethi Gunnala, MD

Board Certified:
American Board of Radiology

Fellowship:
Neuroradiology, Northwestern Medical Group, Chicago, IL

Residency:
Diagnostic Radiology, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Medical School:
Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, MO

Certificate of Added Qualifications/ Maintenance of Certification:
Diagnostic Radiology

Lawrence E. Kowal, MD

Board Certified:
American Board of Radiology

Fellowship:
Interventional Radiology, Angiography, CT and Ultrasound, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL

Residency:
Diagnostic Radiology, Hahnemann Medical College & Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Medical School:
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Certificate of Added Qualifications/ Maintenance of Certification:
Diagnostic Radiology

Eric J. Rodriguez, MD

Board Certified:
American Board of Radiology

Residency:
Diagnostic Radiology, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ

Medical School:
University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS

Certificate of Added Qualifications/ Maintenance of Certification:
Diagnostic Radiology

Denise J. Smith, MD

Board Certified:
American Board of Radiology

Fellowship:
Sectional Imaging and Interventional Radiology, University of California San Diego School of Medicine, San Diego, CA

Residency:
Diagnostic Radiology, Loma Linda University Radiology Medical Group, Inc., Loma Linda, CA

Medical School:
Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, CA

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Diagnostic Radiology

Herbert J. Tomaso, MD

Board Certified:
American Board of Radiology

Fellowship:
Research Fellow - Functional MRI, University of Minnesota Hospital, Minneapolis, MN

Residency:
Diagnostic Radiology, University of Minnesota Hospital, Minneapolis, MN

Medical School:
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Certificate of Added Qualifications/ Maintenance of Certification:
Diagnostic Radiology