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Elise Berman, M.D.

Medical Director, Breast Imaging, Fairfax Radiology Centers, LLC
2722 Merrilee Drive, Suite 230
Fairfax Virginia 22031  
703-698-4488
Fairfax Radiology Centers (FRC) is the largest radiology practice in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. With over 90 radiologists, FRC provides leading-edge medical imaging at more than 20 conveniently located outpatient centers. FRC strives to deliver an excellent patient experience using dedicated subspecialty radiologists to enhance the health of our community.

Q: What inspires you to do what you do?

A: Finding breast cancer as early as possible! The earlier cancer is found, the less extensive the surgery, the more effective the treatment and the better the survival.
I am fortunate to practice in one of the largest groups of subspecialty-trained breast radiologists in the country. My team and I are committed to excellence. In fact, FRC’s rate of early detection of breast cancer exceeds national benchmarks.

Q: What do women need to know about mammograms?

A: Remember, mammograms save lives. If you are anxious during your visit, let us know. If you have a question, ask. Don’t be alarmed—sometimes extra images or an ultrasound are needed to get a more detailed look.

Q: What changes or innovations do you see in breast imaging?

A: The introduction of tomosynthesis, also called 3-D mammography, has improved radiologists’ cancer detection abilities. Compared to a regular (2-D) mammogram, tomosynthesis (3-D) is like seeing a snowflake more clearly in the middle of a snowstorm. In addition, artificial intelligence tools now being introduced will further enhance our ability to detect breast cancer.

Q: What advice would you offer for women just starting out?

A: I started off my career in a different direction, not thinking I would be a breast radiologist. But now, I couldn’t imagine a more fulfilling profession or a better place to practice. I have learned that one’s career may not be a direct path, so embrace the twists and turns life presents.