Luz Venta, MD

Professor of Clinical Radiology, Institute for Academic Medicine
Full Member, Research Institute
Program Director, Breast Imaging Residency, Department of Radiology
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College


Dr. Venta received her first faculty appointment in 1988 as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology at the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, Illinois. She became an Associate Professor there in 1994. While at Loyola, she was also the Medical Director of Section Breast Imaging at the Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Center of Northwestern Memorial Hospital. In 2000, Dr. Venta was recruited to Houston Methodist Hospital to lead the breast imaging group and joined the faculty of the Baylor College of Medicine as a Professor of Radiology. She received her faculty appointment at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University in 2005.

Description of Research

Dr. Venta has a longstanding interest in advances in breast imaging and interventional procedures for the breast. Her current focus is on development of applications of new technologies in breast imaging, including breast MRI.

Areas Of Expertise

Breast imaging Breast cancer MRI
Education & Training

, University of Chicago
, University of Chicago School of Medicine

Cost minimization study of image-guided core biopsy versus surgical excisional biopsy for women with abnormal mammograms
Golub, RM, Bennett, CL, Stinson, T, Venta, L & Morrow, M 2004, Journal of Clinical Oncology, vol 22, no. 12, pp. 2430-2437. DOI:

Performance of Computer-Aided Diagnosis in the Interpretation of Lesions on Breast Sonography
Horsch, K, Giger, ML, Vyborny, CJ & Venta, LA 2004, Academic Radiology, vol 11, no. 3, pp. 272-280. DOI:

Computerized diagnosis of breast lesions on ultrasound
Horsch, K, Giger, ML, Venta, LA & Vyborny, CJ 2002, Medical Physics, vol 29, no. 2, pp. 157-164. DOI:

Patient satisfaction with the communication of mammographic results before and after the Mammography Quality Standards Reauthorization Act of 1998
Priyanath, A, Feinglass, J, Dolan, NC, Haviley, C & Venta, LA 2002, American Journal of Roentgenology, vol 178, no. 2, pp. 451-456.

Mammographic density categories [4] (multiple letters)
Hall, FM, Venta, LA & Hendrick, RE 2002, American Journal of Roentgenology, vol 178, no. 1, pp. 242-243.

Measuring satisfaction with mammography results reporting
Dolan, NC, Feinglass, J, Priyanath, A, Haviley, C, Sorensen, AV & Venta, LA 2001, Journal of General Internal Medicine, vol 16, no. 3, pp. 157-162.

Automatic segmentation of breast lesions on ultrasound
Horsch, K, Giger, ML, Venta, LA & Vyborny, CJ 2001, Medical Physics, vol 28, no. 8, pp. 1652-1659. DOI:

Providing professional mammography services: Financial analysis
Enzmann, DR, Anglada, PM, Haviley, C & Venta, LA 2001, Radiology, vol 219, no. 2, pp. 467-473.

Rates and causes of disagreement in interpretation of full-field digital mammography and film-screen mammography in a diagnostic setting
Venta, LA, Hendrick, RE, Adler, YT, DeLeon, P, Mengoni, PM, Scharl, AM, Comstock, CE, Hansen, L, Kay, N, Coveler, A & Cutter, G 2001, American Journal of Roentgenology, vol 176, no. 5, pp. 1241-1248.

Prospective comparison of stereotactic core biopsy and surgical excision as diagnostic procedures for breast cancer patients
Morrow, M, Venta, L, Stinson, T & Bennett, C 2001, Annals of Surgery, vol 233, no. 4, pp. 537-541. DOI:

Computer-aided diagnosis of lesions on multi-modality images of the breast
Giger, ML, Huo, Z, Horsch, K, Hendrick, E, Venta, L, Vyborny, CJ, Bonta, I & Lan, L 2001, . in M Sonka & KM Hanson (eds), Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. 2 edn, vol. 4322, pp. 656-660, Medical Imaging 2001 Image Processing, San Diego, CA, United States, 19-22 February. DOI:

Sonographically guided metallic clip placement after core needle biopsy of the breast
Phillips, SW, Gabriel, H, Comstock, CE & Venta, LA 2000, American Journal of Roentgenology, vol 175, no. 5, pp. 1353-1355.

Focal fibrosis of the breast in diabetes [3] (multiple letters)
Hall, FM, Venta, LA, Gabriel, H, Adler, YT & Wiley, EL 2000, American Journal of Roentgenology, vol 174, no. 3, pp. 870-871.

Management of complex breast cysts
Venta, LA, Kim, JP, Pelloski, CE & Morrow, M 1999, American Journal of Roentgenology, vol 173, no. 5, pp. 1331-1336.

Are malignant cells displaced by large-gauge needle core biopsy of the breast?
Diaz, LK, Wiley, EL & Venta, LA 1999, American Journal of Roentgenology, vol 173, no. 5, pp. 1303-1313.

Imaging features of focal breast fibrosis: Mammographic-pathologic correlation of noncalcified breast lesions
Venta, LA, Wiley, EL, Gabriel, H & Adler, YT 1999, American Journal of Roentgenology, vol 173, no. 2, pp. 309-316.

Impact of same-day screening mammography availability: Results of a controlled clinical trial
Dolan, NC, McDermott, MM, Morrow, M, Venta, L & Martin, GJ 1999, Archives of Internal Medicine, vol 159, no. 4, pp. 393-398. DOI:

Sonographic evaluation of infiltrating lobular carcinoma
Butler, RS, Venta, LA, Wiley, EL, Ellis, RL, Dempsey, PJ & Rubin, E 1999, American Journal of Roentgenology, vol 172, no. 2, pp. 325-330.

Ductography for nipple discharge: No replacement for ductal excision
Dawes, LG, Bowen, C, Venta, LA & Morrow, M 1998, Surgery, vol 124, no. 4, pp. 685-691. DOI:

The evaluation of breast masses in women younger than forty years of age
Morrow, M, Wong, S & Venta, L 1998, Surgery, vol 124, no. 4, pp. 634-641. DOI: