Promoting Breast Health for all Women
Because detecting breast cancer early is so critical to successful treatment, Pacific Medical Centers has developed our Diagnostic & Wellness Center to encourage more women to take the time to have the tests done. 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 comforting atmosphere.
We have also been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. We encourage all women to follow the American Cancer Society guidelines for early detection and to talk to your doctor about the best screening program for you.
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.
Women at high risk – because of family history, a breast condition, or another reason – need to begin screening earlier and/or more often. Talk to your medical provider to be sure.
Our digital mammography technology is the latest innovation in breast imaging. Digital images are sent to a computer instead of film. This gives our radiologists a closer view with different perspectives for a better assessment of the image. Digital mammography is faster and uses less radiation than film mammograms. It is especially helpful in patients with dense breast tissue.
We offer breast ultrasound, which is non-invasive and uses high frequency sound waves to create an image. This is often used in conjunction with the mammogram for further investigation.
Stereotactic Core Needle Biopsy and Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy
We specialize in minimally invasive, non-surgical biopsies that can be performed on site, in the same location as your mammogram or other services. This procedure is performed by one of our board certified radiologists with equipment that is designed for your comfort. Using digital technology or ultrasound, the area of concern is located and biopsied. This provides an accurate diagnosis and enables women to resume normal activity the next day.
Pacific Medical Centers offers magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to augment mammography for women who are at high risk for breast cancer. It is also a more effective way to screen the dense breast tissue in high-risk women. We'll be happy to evaluate whether you are a candidate for a breast MRI and, if so, to schedule an appointment for you.
Recognized for Excellence
The Diagnostic & Wellness Center has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). By awarding this status, the ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, and breast ultrasound (including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy).
Peer-review evaluations, conducted in each breast imaging modality by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field, have determined that Pacific Medical Centers Diagnostic & Wellness Center for Women has achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs.