Diagnostic Imaging—Breast Imaging

Our Diagnostic & Wellness Center for Women encourages women to take a proactive approach to their breast health. We offer state-of-the-art technology along with a network of highly qualified experts to ensure accurate screening and diagnostic breast imaging in a comfortable and tranquil setting.

We encourage women to follow the American Cancer Society guidelines for detection (see below). We also stress the importance of monthly breast self-examinations.

Digital Mammography

Our Diagnostic & Wellness Center uses advanced digital mammography equipment that is safe and utilizes low-dose radiation to produce high-quality images.

In digital mammography, an image is captured using a specially designed digital detector. The detector electronically sends the converted X-ray information to a computer. The radiologist can then review the digital mammogram on a high-resolution computer monitor.

Diagnostic Ultrasound

The use of ultrasound is an excellent supplemental tool for evaluating breast abnormalities after a mammogram. Ultrasound plays a vital role in the evaluation of signs and symptoms of a breast lump or other problem discovered by you or your healthcare provider.

Stereotactic Needle Biopsy and Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy

Stereotactic and ultrasound-guided biopsies are sophisticated, nonsurgical procedures that are performed by one of our board-certified radiologists with the assistance of our highly trained technologists. These procedures sample suspicious breast tissue with pinpoint accuracy to determine if cancer cells are present.

Breast MRI

Pacific Medical Centers offers magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at our Beacon Hill location. Breast MRI is a radiation-free procedure that uses a magnetic field and results in hundreds of high-resolution, cross-sectional images. Breast MRI may be recommended to identify breast cancer not detected through other means. Breast MRI is an excellent tool used for women who are at high risk for breast cancer. It is not a replacement for mammography or ultrasound, but rather a supplemental tool.

The American Cancer Society Guidelines for Early Detection

Women Age 40+

  • Annual mammogram
  • Annual clinical breast exam

Women Age 20–39

  • Clinical breast exam every three years

Breast MRI

  • In addition to a mammogram, an annual MRI is now recommended for all women at high risk for cancer.

Radiology: MRI, CT and Ultrasound

PacMed provides MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), CT (computed tomography) and ultrasound services in partnership with Inland Imaging, located at our Beacon Hill clinic. Learn more about our Inland Pacific Imaging radiologists here.

Radiology: Safety

If you're concerned about the radiation from medical tests you can get more information here, at RadiologyInfo.org

Find out more about our Diagnostic Imaging—Breast Imaging specialists, including their practice philosophies and special interests: