Mammography

Mammography at MarinHealth

Finding small breast cancers early greatly improves the chance for successful treatment. The best screening technology for breast cancer is mammography, which uses low-energy X-rays to examine the human breast.

  • Screening mammograms are used as part of preventive care to detect tumors too small to be felt manually.
  • Diagnostic mammograms are a follow-up on suspicious results from a screening mammogram or manual exam.

3D Digital Mammography with Computer-Assisted Diagnosis

All of our mammography units are capable of performing digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), also known as 3D digital mammography. The most accurate form of mammography available, DBT uses an X-ray tube that moves in an arc around the breast, taking digital pictures from multiple angles. Each shows a thin “slice” of the breast. This can be especially helpful for women with dense breast tissue. In addition to improving cancer detection, digital mammography reduces X-ray exposure.

The detailed 3D images of the breast DBT creates allow for:

  • Clearer, More Specific Visualization
    Technicians and radiologists have more accurate insight into the size, shape, and location of detected abnormalities.
  • Earlier Detection
    By minimizing the effect of overlapping breast tissue, 3D mammography helps improve breast cancer detection.
  • Fewer Callbacks
    3D mammography helps distinguish harmless abnormalities from real cancers, leading to fewer repeat exams and less anxiety for women.

With computer-assisted diagnosis, radiologists can zoom in on an image and examine small areas of breast tissue. We use computer-assisted diagnosis for all mammograms and our excellent detection rates are on a par with those of top university hospitals.

For more information about mammography at MarinHealth, take a few minutes to browse our Mammography FAQ.

The USPSTF Guideline Debate

Women deserve access to mammograms every year beginning at the age of 40, that’s why many US Senators, Representatives, and physicians have shared their concern of the proposed USPSTF guidelines.

Schedule a Mammography Screening

Annual mammography starting at age 40 is recommended by:

  • The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • The American College of Surgeons
  • The American College of Radiology
  • The National Comprehensive Cancer Network
  • The Society of Breast Imaging
  • The Breast Health team at MarinHealth

Schedule your mammogram today!

Low-Cost Mammography Screenings

For women in need of financial assistance, low-cost screening mammograms are available at a reduced rate of $80. Patients must have a physician’s prescription/referral to schedule their screening. Download the flyer (English | Spanish) for more information, including a list of upcoming screening dates.