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Breast Imaging


To provide the highest quality of breast imaging clinical services, to educate the next generation of radiologists about breast imaging, and to collaborate with our Cancer Center colleagues in breast cancer research.

Patient Care

The section faculty consists of three board-certified radiologists.
Dr. Lara Hardesty, Associate Professor, is fellowship trained in Breast & Womens’ Imaging and has 16 years of post-fellowship experience in Breast Imaging. Dr. James Borgstede is Professor and Vice Chair of Operations for the Department of Radiology, President of the American Board of Radiology, and Past President and Chairman of the Board of Chancellors of the American College of Radiology. Dr. Wei Wang, the Section Chief and Assistant Professor is fellowship trained in Breast Imaging. Together we offer the full range of clinical breast imaging services, including screening digital mammography, diagnostic digital mammography, breast ultrasound, and breast MRI. All screening mammograms at the University of Colorado Hospital Breast Imaging Center are performed using Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT), a new mammographic technology that increases cancer detection rates while lowering the number of women who are unnecessarily recalled for additional testing. The “Pink Lifesaver”, our mobile coach screening mammography unit, offers women the convenience of screening mammography in their neighborhoods, increasing their compliance with screening mammography recommendations. Computer Aided Detection (CAD) software is utilized on all mammograms and on breast MRIs. All of our breast imaging physicians are highly skilled in the performance of image guided percutaneous breast biopsies and preoperative needle localizations, including those performed using stereotactic guidance, ultrasound guidance, and MRI guidance. The section serves as a second opinion referral center for patients newly diagnosed with breast cancer in the multistate region via faculty participation in the University  of Colorado Hospital’s weekly Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Conference and Clinic.



Residents: The one-on-one training that radiology residents receive during their 3 months on the breast imaging service, including daily teaching conferences, is highly praised, with the residents awarding Dr. Hardesty the Teacher of the Year Award in 2009. Dr. Hardesty and Dr. Wang provide the Breast Imaging Core Lecture Series and monthly case conferences for all radiology residents.  Dr. Borgstede provides formal teaching of professionalism and socioeconomics to our residents. Dr. Hardesty created an iBook to teach Breast Imaging to our residents.
Fellows: Our 1 year fellowship in Breast Imaging provides advanced training in all aspects of breast imaging and the opportunity to participate in ongoing research projects. 
Medical Students: Dr. Hardesty lectures monthly to 3rd & 4th year medical students enrolled in the Radiology Elective rotation. Dr. Wang lectures to all University of Colorado medical students during their Women’s Health clinical rotation.



Dr. Lara Hardesty’s research interests include: Collaboration with Dr. Anthony Elias on ISPY-2, a multi-institutional trial of the use of serial breast MRIs to evaluate the effects of new neoadjuvent chemotherapeutic agents in the treatment of advanced breast cancer. Collaboration with Dr. Virginia Borges to investigate the involutional changes in normal breast tissue after lactation ceases.  Dr. James Borgstede’s research interests include: Creation of the New ABR Examination, Impact of Clinically Embedded Reading Rooms on Radiologist-Referring Clinician Communication, and Creation of Smartcards for Adult Radiology Dose-Risk and for Adult Contrast Reactions  

For a complete list of faculty, please click here