Observership Information



The Breast Imaging section offers observation periods of one or two weeks in length. We are able to accommodate one observer at a time or two observers from the same institution.

We provide the full range of breast imaging services including digital mammography, ultrasound, MRI and all image-guided procedures (US, stereotactic and MR guided biopsies and wire localizations). Currently we perform approximately 250 screening and 110 diagnostic mammograms, 60 breast ultrasounds, 25 image guided procedures, and 20 breast MRIs each week. You are welcome to attend our multidisciplinary conferences that are held every Tuesday and Friday, as well as our Thursday teaching sessions. You may select to observe the parts of our practice that are of most interest to you.

Observation takes place at the Women's Center at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA). The SCCA is an alliance between the University of Washington, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Seattle Children's Hospital. The University of Washington Department of Radiology Breast Imaging Section performs all breast MRI, diagnostic imaging and procedures at the SCCA. All screening mammograms from our satellite sites are digitally acquired and sent electronically for central review at the SCCA. All our faculty are specialized, fellowship-trained breast imagers and all are faculty in our department with expertise in clinical work, education, and research. For more information about the SCCA and our breast imaging facilities in our new Women's Center see our Web page:


Our fees are as follows, per person:

$2500 for 1 week
$5000 for 2 weeks

These fees are given as contributions to our University of Washington fund designated specifically for support of breast cancer imaging research and education.

We are able to accommodate one observer at a time or two observers from the same institution. We advise you to carefully coordinate visit dates with the Breast Imaging Program Coordinator; suggested dates are not final until you receive confirmation from the coordinator. Upon receipt of your completed reservation form we will email confirmation of the available dates. Please allow a minimum of 4 weeks to process your registration.

To obtain a reservation form and schedule a visit, please contact the Breast Imaging Program Coordinator: Phone: (206) 288-6241 or E-mail: