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Francesco Sardanelli, Professor of Radiology

Professor Francesco Sardanelli was born in Genoa, Italy, in 1953. He graduated in Medicine (magna cum laude) in 1982 and completed his postgraduate studies in Radiodiagnostics (magna cum laude) at the University of Genoa, in 1986. He was a staff radiologist at the San Martino Hospital, Genoa, from 1987 to 1999, and was appointed Professor of the Postgraduation Course in Radiodiagnostics at the University of Genoa, from 1992 to 2000. Professor Sardanelli is Director of the Department of Radiology at the Research Hospital (IRCCS) Policlinico San Donato, Milan, from 2001 until today and was Professor of the Postgraduation Course in Radiodiagnostics at the University of Milan from 2001-2005. He was appointed Associate Professor of Radiology (2006-2014), continuing as Full Professor of Radiology until today at the University of Milan. He was also the Director of the Postgraduation School in Nuclear Medicine at the University of Milan (2008-2010). Since 2015, he is Director of the Postgraduation School in Radiodiagnostics at University of Milan.

Professor Sardanelli was a member of the Editorial/Advisory Board of the European Radiology from 2003-2006 and from 2012-2016. From 2013 to 2016, he was Associate Editor of Radiologia Medica. He is currently member of the editorial board of The Breast (2007-today), American Journal of Roentgenology (Assistant Editor, Womens’ Imaging Section, 2009-today) and Clinical and Translational Imaging (2014-today). From 2012 to 2016 he was a member of the editorial board of Insights into Imaging. Since 2016 he is Editor-in-Chief of the European Radiology Experimental. Moreover, he is reviewer for another 50 medical journals.


From 1999 to 2011 he was Consultant of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità for national radiological coordination of Italian multicenter studies on breast MRI screening of high-risk women. He is founder and member of the Board of Directors of European Cancer Care Certification (2010), now Breast Centres Certification. Professor Sardanelli is member of the audit team for certification of European Breast Units according to the guidelines by the European Society of Breast Cancer Specialists (EUSOMA), since 2010 until today. Furthermore, he is Member and Vice-president of the Quality Assurance Scheme Development Group, selected by the Directorate General for Health and Food Safety, European Commission Initiative on Breast Cancer.

He has been awarded honorary memberships: Royal College of Radiologists Breast Group, 2009; Iranian Society of Radiology, 2015. He has several roles in different medical societies: Member of the Research Committee of the European Society of Radiology; Member of the Advisory Board of the European Institute for Biomedical Imaging Research (EIBIR); Director of the European Network for Assessment of Imaging in Medicine, EIBIR; Past-president of the European Society of Breast Imaging and Past-president of the Italian College of Breast Radiologists by the Italian Society of Medical Radiology. He is co-author of over 1000 abstracts accepted at national and international medical meetings. He has held over 500 oral presentations, lessons, and invited lectures. Last but not least, Professor Sardanelli has published 6 books and 46 book chapters, over 350 full articles, 297 indexed by Scopus (citations 4841, h-index 35, July 18, 2017.); total impact factor 816; ORCID identifier:

Most important publications

Bernardi D, Belli P, Benelli E, …, Sardanelli F. Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT): recommendations from the Italian College of Breast Radiologists (ICBR) by the Italian Society of Medical Radiology (SIRM) and the Italian Group for Mammography Screening (GISMa). Radiol Med 2017, May 25. [Epub ahead of print]

Berger N, Luparia A, Di Leo G, …, Sardanelli F. Diagnostic performance of MRI versus galactography in women with pathologic nipple discharge: A systematic review and meta-analysis. AJR Am J Roentgenol 2017, May 24:1-7 [Epub ahead of print]

Di Leo G, Trimboli RM, Sella T, Sardanelli F. Optical imaging of the breast: basic principles and clinical applications. AJR Am J Roentgenol 2017;209:230-238

Mauri G, Sconfienza LM, Pescatori LC, …, Sardanelli F. Technical success, technique efficacy and complications of minimally-invasive imaging-guided percutaneous ablation procedures of breast cancer: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Eur Radiol 2017;27:3199-3210

Montemezzi S, Cavedon C, Camera L, …, Sardanelli F. 1H-MR spectroscopy of suspicious breast mass lesions at 3T: a clinical experience. Radiol Med 2017;122:161-170

Sardanelli F, Carbonaro LA, Montemezzi S, Cavedon C, Trimboli RM. Clinical breast MR using MRS or DWI: Who is the winner? Front Oncol 2016 Oct 28;6:217

Bucchi L, Belli P, Benelli E, …, Sardanelli F. Recommendations for breast imaging follow-up of women with a previous history of breast cancer: position paper from the Italian Group for Mammography Screening (GISMa) and the Italian College of Breast Radiologists (ICBR) by SIRM. Radiol Med 2016;121:891-896

Mariscotti G, Belli P, Bernardi D, …, Sardanelli F. Mammography and MRI for screening women who underwent chest radiation therapy (lymphoma survivors): recommendations for surveillance from the Italian College of Breast Radiologists by SIRM. Radiol Med 2016;121:834-837

Podo F, Santoro F, Di Leo G, …, Sardanelli F. Triple-negative versus non-triple-negative breast cancers in high-risk women: phenotype features and survival from the HIBCRIT-1 MRI-including screening study. Clin Cancer Res 2016;22:895-904

Di Leo G, Trimboli RM, Benedek A, …, Sardanelli F. MR imaging for selection of patients for partial breast irradiation: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Radiology 2015;277:716-26.

Colin C, Devouassoux-Shisheboran M, Sardanelli F. Is breast cancer overdiagnosis also nested in pathologic misclassification? Radiology 2014;273:652-5

Trimboli RM, Verardi N, Cartia F, Carbonaro LA, Sardanelli F. Breast cancer detection using double reading of unenhanced MRI including T1-weighted, T2-weighted STIR, and diffusion-weighted imaging: a proof of concept study. AJR Am J Roentgenol 2014;203:674-81

Carbonaro LA, Azzarone A, Paskeh BB, …, Sardanelli F. Interval breast cancers: absolute and proportional incidence and blinded review in a community mammographic screening program. Eur J Radiol 2014;83:e84-91

Carbonaro LA, Tannaphai P, Trimboli RM, …, Sardanelli F. Contrast enhanced breast MRI: spatial displacement from prone to supine patient’s position. Preliminary results. Eur J Radiol 2012;81:e771-4.

Trimboli RM, Carbonaro LA, Cartia F, Di Leo G, Sardanelli F. MRI of fat necrosis of the breast: the “black hole” sign at short tau inversion recovery. Eur J Radiol 2012;81:e573-9.

Sardanelli F, Podo F, Santoro F et al; High Breast Cancer Risk Italian 1 (HIBCRIT-1) Study. Multicenter surveillance of women at high genetic breast cancer risk using mammography, ultrasonography, and contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (the high breast cancer risk italian 1 study): final results. Invest Radiol 2011;46:94-105

Sardanelli F, Boetes C, Borisch B et al. Magnetic resonance imaging of the breast: recommendations from the EUSOMA working group. Eur J Cancer 2010;46:1296-316

Sardanelli F. Overview of the role of pre-operative breast MRI in the absence of evidence on patient outcomes. Breast 2010;19:3-6

Sardanelli F, Fausto A, Di Leo  et al. In vivo proton MR spectroscopy of the breast using the total choline peak integral as a marker of malignancy. AJR Am J Roentgenol 2009;192:1608-17

Sardanelli F, Iozzelli A, Fausto A, Carriero A, Kirchin MA. Gadobenate dimeglumine-enhanced MR imaging breast vascular maps: association between invasive cancer and ipsilateral increased vascularity. Radiology 2005;235:791-7

Sardanelli F, Giuseppetti GM, Panizza P, Bazzocchi M, et al; Italian Trial for Breast MR in Multifocal/Multicentric Cancer. Sensitivity of MRI versus mammography for detecting foci of multifocal, multicentric breast cancer in fatty and dense breasts using the whole-breast pathologic examination as a gold standard. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2004;183:1149-57

Sardanelli F, Calabrese M, Zandrino F et al. Dynamic helical CT of breast tumors. J Comput Assist Tomogr 1998;22:398-407