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.
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.
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.
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 with an average risk of breast cancer – most women – should begin yearly mammograms at age 45.
- Women should be able to start the screening as early as age 40, if they want to.
- At age 55, women should have mammograms every other year – though women who want to keep having yearly mammograms should be able to do so.
- Regular mammograms should continue for as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live 10 more years or longer.
- The guidelines are for women at average risk for breast 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.
If you're concerned about the radiation from medical tests you can get more information here, at RadiologyInfo.org