Elissa Price, MD

Assoc Prof Clinical Radiology


Elissa Price, MD, is an Associate Professor of Clinical Radiology in the Breast Imaging section at the University of California, San Francisco. Since July 2011, she has served in the Breast Imaging Division and has been a member of 9 departmental committees. Dr. Price obtained her medical degree from the University of Toronto Medical School in 2004, and completed her residency in Radiology at the University of Toronto Medical School in 2009, followed by a fellowship in Breast and Body Imaging from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in 2010.

Dr. Price has a keen interest in medical student education and is committed to the development of UCSF’s breast imaging fellows. Dr. Price has ongoing projects in which she leads studies evaluating BIRADS 3 category on breast MRI, breast MRI-ultrasound correlation, and screening mammography in the 40-49 year old cohort.

Dr. Price’s research interest is in the use of genetic profiling of breast cancer, on which she has written an educational abstract that was accepted for presentation at the RSNA in March 2012. She has 6 peer-reviewed articles, 2 book chapters, and 8 abstracts.

Breast Imaging

Breast cancer, breast MRI ultrasound,

Professional Interests:
Breast imaging, breast cancer, mammography, sonography, MRI, molecular profiling, medical education

Education and Training:
• Medical School: University of Toronto Medical School
• Residency: University of Toronto Medical School, Canada - Radiology
• Fellowship: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center - Breast and Body Imaging


M.D., 2004 - School of Medicine, University of Toronto

Honors and Awards

Inducted to the Society of Breast Imaging, SBI, 2016
Minagi Chair Award, University of California, San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, 2012
Cody Gold Medal, Faculty of Medicine University of Toronto, 2004
Dr. Herbert Alexander Bruce Medal, Faculty of Medicine University of Toronto, 2004


Huang SY, Franc BL, Harnish RJ, Liu G, Mitra D, Copeland TP, Arasu VA, Kornak J, Jones EF, Behr SC, Hylton NM, Price ER, Esserman L, Seo Y. Exploration of PET and MRI radiomic features for decoding breast cancer phenotypes and prognosis. NPJ Breast Cancer. 2018; 4:24.
Lee AY, Nguyen VT, Arasu VA, Greenwood HI, Ray KM, Joe BN, Price ER. Sonographic-MRI Correlation After Percutaneous Sampling of Targeted Breast Ultrasound Lesions: Initial Experiences With Limited-Sequence Unenhanced MRI for Postprocedural Clip Localization. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2018 Apr; 210(4):927-934.
Price ER, Khoury AL, Esserman LJ, Joe BN, Alvarado MD. Initial Clinical Experience With an Inducible Magnetic Seed System for Preoperative Breast Lesion Localization. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2018 Apr; 210(4):913-917.
Woodard GA, Ray KM, Joe BN, Price ER. Qualitative Radiogenomics: Association between Oncotype DX Test Recurrence Score and BI-RADS Mammographic and Breast MR Imaging Features. Radiology. 2018 Jan; 286(1):60-70.
Lee AY, Joe BN, Price ER. The Predicament of the Probably Benign Breast MRI: Should We Rely on Intuition? Breast J. 2017 09; 23(5):501-503.
Price ER, Sickles EA, Yitta S, Brasic N, Yeh MJ, Allen IE, Joe BN. Use of the probably benign (BI-RADS category 3) assessment for masses on breast MRI: Is it transferable to general clinical practice? Breast J. 2018 Mar; 24(2):109-114.
Krammer J, Price ER, Jochelson MS, Watson E, Murray MP, Schoenberg SO, Morris EA. Breast MR imaging for the assessment of residual disease following initial surgery for breast cancer with positive margins. Eur Radiol. 2017 Nov; 27(11):4812-4818.
Garcia-Reyes K, Greenwood HI, Price ER. Outcomes of ultrasound-guided axillary lymph node sampling in the absence of primary breast cancer. Clin Imaging. 2017 Jul - Aug; 44:92-96.
McGrath AL, Price ER, Eby PR, Rahbar H. MRI-guided breast interventions. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2017 09; 46(3):631-645.
Ray KM, Price ER, Joe BN. Evidence to Support Screening Women in Their 40s. Radiol Clin North Am. 2017 May; 55(3):429-439.
Nayak L, Miyake KK, Leung JW, Price ER, Liu YI, Joe BN, Sickles EA, Thomas WR, Lipson JA, Daniel BL, Hargreaves J, Brenner RJ, Bassett LW, Ojeda-Fournier H, Lindfors KK, Feig SA, Ikeda DM. Impact of Breast Density Legislation on Breast Cancer Risk Assessment and Supplemental Screening: A Survey of 110 Radiology Facilities. Breast J. 2016 Sep; 22(5):493-500.
Price ER. Overemphasis on Overdiagnosis. Acad Radiol. 2016 Jan; 23(1):125-6.
Price ER, Keedy AW, Gidwaney R, Sickles EA, Joe BN. The Potential Impact of Risk-Based Screening Mammography in Women 40-49 Years Old. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2015 Dec; 205(6):1360-4.
Price ER, Wong J, Mukhtar R, Hylton N, Esserman LJ. How to use magnetic resonance imaging following neoadjuvant chemotherapy in locally advanced breast cancer. World J Clin Cases. 2015 Jul 16; 3(7):607-13.
Piper M, Peled AW, Sbitany H, Foster RD, Esserman LJ, Price ER. Comparison of Mammographic Findings Following Oncoplastic Mammoplasty and Lumpectomy Without Reconstruction. Ann Surg Oncol. 2016 Jan; 23(1):65-71.
Price ER, Joe BN, Sickles EA. The developing asymmetry: revisiting a perceptual and diagnostic challenge. Radiology. 2015 Mar; 274(3):642-51.
Karp NL, Price ER, Wisner DJ, Chang CB, Hylton NM, Joe BN. Extra-mammary findings on breast MRI: a pictorial review. Clin Imaging. 2015 Jul-Aug; 39(4):547-52.
Ray KM, Price ER, Joe BN. Breast density legislation: mandatory disclosure to patients, alternative screening, billing, reimbursement. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2015 Feb; 204(2):257-60.
Price ER, Hargreaves J, Lipson JA, Sickles EA, Brenner RJ, Lindfors KK, Joe BN, Leung JW, Feig SA, Ojeda-Fournier H, Kurian AW, Love E, Ryan L, Ikeda DM. Response. Radiology. 2014 Jun; 271(3):927-8.
Price ER, Hargreaves J, Lipson JA, Sickles EA, Brenner RJ, Lindfors KK, Joe BN, Leung JW, Feig SA, Bassett LW, Ojeda-Fournier H, Daniel BL, Kurian AW, Love E, Ryan L, Walgenbach DD, Ikeda DM. The California breast density information group: a collaborative response to the issues of breast density, breast cancer risk, and breast density notification legislation. Radiology. 2013 Dec; 269(3):887-92.
Price ER, Brooks JD, Watson EJ, Brennan SB, Comen EA, Morris EA. The impact of bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy on breast MRI background parenchymal enhancement and fibroglandular tissue. Eur Radiol. 2014 Jan; 24(1):162-8.
Price ER. Magnetic resonance imaging-guided biopsy of the breast: fundamentals and finer points. Magn Reson Imaging Clin N Am. 2013 Aug; 21(3):571-81.
Yitta S, Joe BN, Wisner DJ, Price ER, Hylton NM. Recognizing artifacts and optimizing breast MRI at 1.5 and 3 T. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2013 Jun; 200(6):W673-82.
Kohi MP, Brasic N, Vohra P, Price ER, Joe BN. Breast metastasis from testicular leiomyosarcoma. Breast J. 2013 May-Jun; 19(3):336-7.
Price ER, Morris EA. Magnetic resonance imaging-guided breast biopsies: tips and tricks. Can Assoc Radiol J. 2011 Feb; 62(1):15-21.