Breast Imaging (Mammography)

The University of Michigan Division of Breast Imaging represents a specialized group of clinical imaging services within the Department of Radiology. We perform more than 58,000 comprehensive examinations every year utilizing the latest equipment available.

Our 15 distinguished radiologists deliver clinical care, engage in research, and educate the next generation of radiologists. The long-standing history of close collaboration with the multidisciplinary Breast Care Center team, including breast surgeons, pathologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and plastic surgeons, is a strength of our department.  Breast Imaging is part of the Rogel Cancer Center which is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), an alliance of the world's 21 leading cancer centers. Our department utilizes the highest quality cutting-edge imaging technology including full-field digital mammography with digital breast tomosynthesis, high resolution hand-held ultrasound, and 3-Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) units with dedicated breast coils. We also have a Mobile Mammography Unit to bring screening closer to those who do not have access. 

Image-Guided Procedures Offered

  • Tomosynthesis and stereotactic core biopsy – uses digital mammography and computerized targeting to obtain samples of breast tissue through a tiny skin nick
  • Ultrasound-guided core biopsy – uses high resolution ultrasound to obtain samples of tissue from masses in the breast and axilla (armpit) through a tiny skin nick
  • Magseed and Wire localization – uses digital mammography or ultrasound to target breast findings for surgical breast biopsy, lumpectomy, and/or surgery in the axilla (armpit)
  • Fine-needle aspiration – uses ultrasound guidance to aspirate fluid and/or biopsy solid lesions in the breast or lymph nodes in the axilla (armpit) 

Imaging Offered

The most common examination performed is screening mammography of women 40 years of age and over as recommended by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Cancer Society, National Comprehensive Cancer Network, and American College of Radiology. Screening mammograms can find a breast cancer when it is small, when it can be treated effectively with minimal therapy. Screening mammography has been proven to be a lifesaving medical test.  

Diagnostic mammograms, often in conjunction with breast ultrasound, are used to characterize findings identified on a screening mammogram or when patients or doctors discover a new lump or other clinical finding.  In Breast Imaging, radiologists also review mammograms performed outside University of Michigan Health. 

We strive to provide the highest quality breast imaging available and are fully accredited by the American College of Radiology, in compliance with the Michigan Department of Consumer and Industry Services and the Food and Drug Administration's Mammography Quality Standards Act.

Make an Appointment

Please call 734-936-4500 to schedule an appointment for mammography screening or diagnostic breast imaging.