Also known as: Mammogram, 3D Mammography/Tomosynthesis

A mammogram is an X-ray test of the breasts (mammary glands) used to screen for breast problems, such as a lump, and whether a lump is fluid-filled (a cyst) or a solid mass.

3D Mammography detects 41% more invasive breast cancers and reduces false positives (false alarms) by up to 40%. A breakthrough in the early detection of Breast Cancer.

During the 3D part of the exam, the x-ray sweeps in a slight arc over your breast. Then a computer produces a 3D image of your breast tissue in one millimeter slices, providing greater visibility for the radiologist to see breast detail in a way never before possible. They can scroll through images of your entire breast like pages of a book.

The additional 3D images make it possible for a radiologist to gain a better understanding of your breast tissue during screening and the confidence to reduce the need for follow-up imaging. In addition, the dose is the same as conventional digital mammography. Patients have found the stabilization of the breast to be more comfortable than traditional compression. Genius 3D Mammography is clinically proven to be superior to traditional 2D mammography in extensive research published by the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA).

Doctors agree that early detection is the best defense against breast cancer. Successful treatment and survival rates for breast cancer are dramatically affected by early detection of breast cancer. If breast cancer is found early, before it has spread to lymph nodes, the five-year survival rate is almost 100%. Genius 3D mammography detects 41% more invasive cancers, which are the ones that have spread outside of the milk duct into surrounding, healthy tissues. We also offer the world’s first and only 3D breast biopsy with superior performance to 2D biopsy.

Providence mammography departments use state-of-the-art 3D mammography units. In addition, our radiologists use advanced R2 ImageChecker technology to give an immediate, computerized, second reading of each mammogram.

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Providence offers care for women who cannot afford it through the Oregon Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP). BCCP helps low-income, uninsured and medically underserved women gain access to lifesaving screening programs for early detection of breast and cervical cancers.

Funding for this program is provided by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Oregon and SW Washington Affiliate and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information and eligibility requirements, please call the BCCP Toll-Free HOTLINE: 877-255-7070.

In addition, Providence Medford Medical Center offers financial support for the cost of mammograms for women who qualify for assistance through The Sister Therese Kohles Fund. Please ask the scheduler for information when making your appointment.

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Ask an Expert: When is nipple discharge a concern?

Q: “I am concerned about some discharge from one of my breasts. If I squeeze the nipple, I get a dark greenish fluid. Sometimes it also occurs spontaneously. I mentioned this during my last physical exam, but my mammogram appeared to be OK. Should I do anything else, or just wait for my next mammogram? If it’s nothing to be concerned about, what is causing it?”

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Following the American Cancer Society guidelines, women are advised to have a screening mammogram every year after their 40th birthday. Most health insurance plans cover mammography expenses. Financial counseling is available for those without insurance.

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Mammography FAQ

Answers to frequently asked questions about the mammogram procedure.

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