Perceptions of Adequacy of Breast Imaging Training in the United States among Breast Radiologists

Roberto A.Salas Fragomeni, Emily B. Ambinder, Kelly Myers, Young Jin Sohn, Randy Miles, Eniola Oluyemi

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Objective: To evaluate the perceptions of breast imaging training in the United States among practicing breast radiologists. Methods: An anonymous electronic survey was sent to physician members of the Society of Breast Imaging. Study participants were queried about why they practice breast imaging, what percentage of their clinical practice consists of breast imaging, details about their breast imaging training, and how well their training prepared them for their breast imaging practice. Results were stratified by whether respondents completed a breast imaging fellowship and length of time practicing breast imaging. Results were compared using the Chi-squared test or Fisher's exact test. Results: We received 271 completed survey responses. Of the survey respondents, 52.4% (141/269) were employed in private practice, 24.2% (65/269) in academic practice, and 23.4% (63/269) in a mixed/hybrid practice. Overall, 46.6% (125/268) of respondents reported practicing a greater proportion of breast imaging than anticipated during training and 18.7% (50/268) had not anticipated that their future practice would include breast imaging at all. The 62.3% (167/268) of survey respondents who had completed a breast or women's imaging fellowship were significantly more likely to report sufficient training in screening mammography, diagnostic mammography, breast procedures, and MRI interpretation. Conclusion: Our study highlights perceived areas of insufficiency in breast imaging training. These were most notable among those who did not complete a breast imaging fellowship. These insufficiencies may be considered when updating the next version of the residency training curriculum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-86
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Breast Imaging
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021


  • breast imaging
  • education
  • residency training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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