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Elise Berman, M.D.

Medical Director, Breast Imaging, Fairfax Radiology Centers, LLC
2722 Merrilee Drive, Suite 230
Fairfax Virginia 22031  
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.