Elise Berman, M.D.
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.