To provide the highest quality of
mammography clinical services, to educate the next generation of
radiologists about breast imaging, and to collaborate with our Cancer Center
colleagues in breast cancer research at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
The Breast Imaging faculty consists
of three, fellowship-trained, board-certified radiologists.
Lara Hardesty, M.D. is an
Associate Professor, with 16 years of post-fellowship experience in Breast
Amy Yactor, M.D. is an Assistant Professor.
Together we offer full range of
clinical breast imaging services, which includes screening digital mammography,
diagnostic digital mammography, breast ultrasound, and breast MRI.
All screening mammograms at the
University of Colorado Hospital Breast Imaging Center and the Lone Tree Breast
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 screening
mammography unit, offers women the convenience of screening mammography in
their neighborhoods, increasing their compliance with screening mammography
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
We also serve as a second opinion
referral center for patients newly diagnosed with breast cancer in the Rocky
Mountain region via our faculty’s participation in the University of
Colorado Hospital’s weekly Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Conference and
The one-on-one training that
radiology residents receive during their three months on the breast imaging
service, including daily teaching conferences, is highly praised. Our own Dr.
Hardesty was honored by the residents with the Teacher of the Year Award in
2009. Additionally, our faculty provide the Breast Imaging Core Lecture Series
and monthly case conferences for all radiology residents.
Our one year fellowship in Breast
Imaging provides advanced training in all aspects of breast imaging and the
opportunity to participate in ongoing research projects.
Dr. Hardesty lectures monthly to third and fourth-year medical students
enrolled in the Radiology Elective rotation.
The breast imaging section has
several ongoing projects evaluating current breast imaging techniques and
questions encountered in daily clinical practice.
There is ongoing collaboration with University
of Colorado Medical Oncologist 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. There is also an additional collaboration with University of
Colorado Medical Oncologist Dr. Virginia Borges to investigate the involutional
changes in normal breast tissue after lactation ceases.