Breast Imaging and Intervention Fellowship

Our Breast Imaging and Intervention Fellowship was the first in the state of Louisiana and is one of very few in the southeast United States. The one year fellowship program provides a combination of hands on clinical training, an opportunity for research experience, and multidisciplinary work with Surgical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, and Breast Pathology. The fellowship is under the direction of Dr. Gina Wilson.

The Breast Imaging and Intervention Fellow will learn to manage a breast-imaging center and effectively interact with administrative personnel, and clinical colleagues. This year of comprehensive training will adequately prepare the Fellow for future pursuits in breast imaging and intervention. Areas of exposure will include digital mammography, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, and breast tomosynthesis. The Fellow will be trained in interventional techniques including preoperative localization, ultrasound guided biopsy, and stereotactic guided biopsy. 

Responsibilities of the Breast Imaging and Intervention Fellow will also include assisting in resident education, including monthly conference presentations.The primary goal of the fellowship is to provide graduates of a Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program more extensive and specialized training in all aspects of breast imaging and intervention. The program will fully involve the Fellow in the interpretation of all types of breast imaging studies and in performing image-guided procedures. The Fellow will have increased autonomy over the course of the year, encouraging independence and confidence.  The culmination of the additional year of experience should result in a competent diagnostic radiologist with expertise in breast imaging interpretation and intervention. This physician will be able to function independently in academics or private practice. The Fellow will be trained in a supportive environment that emphasizes technical expertise with a meticulous and compassionate approach to patient care. 

The program will encourage involvement in teaching and research, in order to further promote the values of our academic institution. Our current fellow, Dr. Joseph John, is beginning a retrospective analysis of the relationship between distance of localization device (head of hookwire, radioactive seed, or electromagnetic reflector from target mass) and surgical margins.

The Fellow will rotate at three different locations, including Feist Weiller Cancer Center, LSU Ambulatory Care Center, and the Partners in Wellness Mobile Mammography Unit. Click here for more information about the rotations.

LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport/Feist-Weiller Cancer Center has been selected as one of 100 sites across the country to participate in the Tomosynthesis Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial (TMIST/EA1151).  The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of tomography vs convention 2D mammography in reducing life threatening breast cancers.  We are the only site in Louisiana selected to participate in this important study.

LSU Health was also the second site in the state to begin evaluation of a newly approved percutaneous excisional biopsy device, the Medtronic INTACT.