Vandana Dialani, MD, FSBI
I am very excited to take on the role as Director of Breast Imaging at BID-Needham to continue to provide the highest-quality breast care to our community, working with the best minds and integrating innovative, new state-of-the-art technology.
I have been the director of Breast MRI for all Beth Israel Deaconess breast care sites since 2013. In that role, I ensure that all of our patients have access to the same breast care and treatments as at our academic medical center in downtown Boston. As a part of the BID system for over 12 years, it has been exciting to see the breast imaging services grow at BID–Needham. I am thrilled to see the center in Needham to bring the latest treatments, equipment and services to our patients.
There have been several new developments in the BID-Needham Radiology system: we have grown from having just one 2d mammography and ultrasound unit to this world-class breast care center. The Needham Radiology team is now able to offer 3d Tomosynthesis mammograms to our patients; we also installed our second 3d mammography system in the fall of 2017 due to increasing demand and clinical benefit of this technology.
We perform image-guided biopsies and radiological procedures with the same set of excellent radiologists from BIDMC, following the same protocols as followed at our site downtown. We have started providing consult from our expert set of radiologists on outside imaging so patients continue to get the same excellent standard of care. We have been able to successfully establish a Multidisciplinary Breast Clinic which now offers comprehensive breast care for patients in the comfort of their community surroundings.
The breast imaging radiologists perform Sentinel lymph node injections in the breast center so the patient gets all the pre-surgical procedures within the same space which causes less anxiety of moving within different spaces within radiology. Nurse practitioner Dorothy Ambrose with her kind and caring nature and guided meditations makes image guided procedures less daunting for patients.
About Dr. Dialani: Vandana Dialani, MD, FSBI, is the director of Breast MRI for all Beth Israel Deaconess breast care sites and the director of Breast Imaging at BID–Needham's BreastCare Center. She is also an Assistant Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School with about 40 publications in peer reviewed journals. She completed fellowships at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) from 2005-2006. She is actively involved in translational MRI research at BIDMC and in collaboration with other prestigious institutions such as University of California San Diego and a site principal investigator for an Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) and the American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN) trial on Comparison of Abbreviated Breast MRI and Digital Breast Tomosynthesis in Breast Cancer Screening in Women with Dense Breasts. She is also a fellow of the prestigious Society of Breast Imaging (SBI).