Education & Training
About Dr. Hanson
Dr. Hanson started his medical career as one of the first fellowship-trained interventional radiologists in the Seattle area. As an interventional radiologist his mission was to provide diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for patients using minimally invasive image-guided techniques.
In the late 1980s, Dr. Hanson became interested in applying his skills as an interventional radiologist to the diagnosis of breast cancer, which had traditionally been done with open surgical biopsies. As a result, he was one of the first radiologists in the country to perform ultrasound- and stereotactic-guided needle biopsies of the breast. In 1990, he was instrumental in starting the Seattle Breast Center (SBC), the first comprehensive breast imaging center of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. Among other things, the SBC became a regional leader in the use of image-guided needle biopsies, using ultrasound, stereotaxis and MRI guidance. Over the ensuing years, Dr. Hanson trained many other radiologists to perform these procedures, which have become the standard of care for diagnosing breast cancers. He was also instrumental in starting Northwest Hospital’s Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Team in the early 1990s, one of the first of its kind in the United States.
With his pioneering spirit and passion for reducing breast cancer mortality, Dr. Hanson has a keen interest in advancing the best technology available for the early detection of breast cancer, most recently implementing Via Radiology’s low cost abbreviated breast MRI. As Dr. Hanson puts it, “Too many women are still dying from breast cancer. Early detection through screening is a key component in this fight, but one size does not fit all. We need to focus our efforts on providing the best modern day imaging technology available, at a reasonable cost, and using an individualized, risk-based strategy. Our biggest challenge is with the 50% of women with dense breasts in which mammography simply does not do a good enough job, yet MRI does. That is why Via Radiology decided to make screening MRI as affordable as possible with our new abbreviated protocol.”
Outside of work, Dr. Hanson enjoys playing the piano and composing music, cycling, traveling, reading and simply being with family and friends.