Dana N. Bonaminio, M.D. on Priorities for Today's Breast Imagers

The work of a breast imager goes far beyond the pink-out of every October.

October and beyond, the role of breast imagers in radiology and healthcare overall extend far beyond the reading room. Breast imagers have a unique opportunity to closely interface with patients during screenings and follow-ups, offering not only encouragement but education.

For Dana N. Bonaminio, M.D., choosing breast imaging as a focus was easy. "Breast imaging is not one of those subspecialties where you sit in a dark room and read images all day. It's very patient-centric, radiology-centric and it puts you at the front, so we're not hiding behind a screen, we're really interacting with our patients."

Bonaminio, who is the Women's Imaging National Subspecialty Lead for Radiology Partners; Lead Breast Imager, Advanced Diagnostic Imaging; and Director of Breast Imaging at Ascension Saint Thomas Midtown Center for Breast Health in Nashville, Tennessee, uses her role to empower women to take control of their breast health.

She sat down with Diagnostic Imaging to discuss what motivates her, how her practice has changed post-pandemic, and what exciting trends she's hoping to take advantage of to improve her radiology practice.