Mammography

Also known as: Mammogram, 3D Mammography/Tomosynthesis, Breast Screening

For women who aren’t having any breast cancer symptoms, we offer a screening mammogram, 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.

The goal of this procedure is early detection. Due to the increase in women getting screening mammograms, more and more breast cancers are being caught at the earliest, most treatable stages. If you’re scheduled for a screening mammogram but develop a symptom, please let the technologist know before the start of your exam.

The latest technology: Tomosynthesis (3-D Mammography)

Digital breast tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography, detects 41% more invasive breast cancers and reduces false positives (false alarms) by up to 40%.

With tomosynthesis, an X-ray beam sweeps through the breast in a slight arc and takes pictures of multiple “slices” of breast tissues. A radiologist then looks through the series of images. Digital tomosynthesis allows the detection of small abnormalities that may be hidden by normal breast tissue. It also allows the radiologist to tell the difference between a clump of normal tissue and a true mass.

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%.

Screening recommendations

We understand there are many different screening recommendations. This can be confusing. If you are at average risk for breast cancer, talk with your health care provider to determine what‘s best for you.

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Financial assistance

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.

Ask An Expert

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?”

Forms Instructions

Request a Mammogram Appointment

Most health insurance plans cover mammography expenses. Financial counseling is available for those without insurance.

Proprietary Health Article

Mammography FAQ

Answers to frequently asked questions about the mammogram procedure.

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