Breast Imaging

Dr. Supriya Kulkarni

Head, Division of Breast Imaging

The Division of Breast Imaging is composed of faculty members representing all adult teaching hospitals affiliated with the University of Toronto: Mount Sinai Hospital (MSH), St. Michael's Hospital (SMH), Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (SHSC), Women's College Hospital (WCH), and the University Health Network (UHN -- Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre).

The combined case load per year amongst these centres is approximately 68,000 breast imaging studies (mammograms and breast ultrasound) and approximately 2,600 interventional procedures (needle localizations, cyst aspirations, and core/FNA breast biopsies).

Resident Training

The educational goals provide the resident with objectives appropriate to their level of training. While two months of Breast Imaging are standard during residency training, a third rotation can be arranged as an elective month during the final year to enhance the resident's technical and interpretive skills.

The training program is based on the combination of didactic lectures organized centrally, hospital-based breast imaging and radiologic-pathologic correlation rounds, access to teaching files and video tapes, a specified reading list, and the large volume of clinical work. Issues of QC (Quality Control) are being integrated into the program for the senior residents.

Women's Imaging Fellowship

This fellowship offers a combination of Breast Imaging and cross-sectional body imaging emphasizing diseases unique to women. Two positions are offered at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and St. Michael's Hospital. Three positions are offered at MSH-UHN-WCH.

Continuing Medical Education

Faculty participate in the University of Toronto’s Department of Medical Imaging annual Organ Imaging Review Course. Members also participate in the biennial Controversies in the Etiology, Diagnosis and Treatment of Breast Cancer, sponsored by the university’s multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Site Group. Several members have also been invited speakers at other institutions and universities.


In addition to clinical research, faculty are collaborating with medical physicists, Dr. Martin Yaffe and Dr. Donald Plewes, of the Reichman Research Institute at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, on projects dealing with digital mammography and breast magnetic resonance imaging. Research into breast cancer risk factors, diet and parenchymal patterns is conducted by Dr. Norman Boyd of the Ontario Cancer Institute (OCI) and the Ontario Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation (OCTRF), and faculty members also participate in the Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP). The radiologist-in-chief for OBSP is Dr. Rene Shumak.