Breast Cancer Screenings

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Skagit Regional Health now offers 3D mammography in two convenient locations, in Mount Vernon at the Women's Imaging Center and in Arlington at Cascade Valley Hospital!
Request an appointment online or by calling 360-424-6161 (Mount Vernon) or 360-814-8208 (Arlington).

Mammography is a specific type of breast imaging that uses low-dose x-rays to detect breast cancer early - often before women experience symptoms - when it is most treatable. Mammography plays an integral part in early detection of breast cancer because it can show changes in the breast up to two years before you or your physician can feel a noticeable lump.

Women are encouraged to speak with their primary care provider to determine when breast cancer screening is appropriate based on age and risk level.

Women are considered at increased risk for developing breast cancer if any of the following are true:

  • A first-degree relative
    (mother or sister) has had breast cancer
  • Previous breast biopsy
    normal (benign) or abnormal (atypia)
  • Having dense breasts
    (determined by a baseline mammogram)
  • Previous radiation treatments
    to the chest

 

Review your health history with your provider to determine your level of risk.

Additional information about breast cancer screening is available from the American Cancer Society and American College of Radiology/Radiologic Society of North America.

3D Mammography Provides Detailed Evaluation of the Breast

Breast tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography, is a recently developed type of breast imaging which goes beyond the traditional mammography test. This exam combines several images of the breast to produce a three-dimensional image, offering more detail and precision than previous 2D technology.

3D generates higher resolution images of the breast, improves detection of cancer, works well for women with more dense breast tissue, reduces radiation exposure, lessens the uncomfortable compression time and lowers the number of recalls for additional tests and false positives. 

“3D mammography helps doctors catch breast cancer when it is in the smaller, earlier stages and also helps doctors determine the size of the cancer better than 2D mammography does,” said Radiologist Leah Kiviat, MD of Skagit Radiology. “Having 3D mammography technology in our community means that we can better serve our patients and make sure that we catch more breast cancer in the earliest stage possible.”

Imaging tech with 3D Mammography machin
Breast Cancer patient Darcy

Comprehensive Breast Cancer Diagnostic Services

Skagit Regional Health offers comprehensive diagnostic services for every phase of breast cancer detection. Other diagnostic services for breast cancer include:

  • Breast ultrasound
  • Breast MRI
  • Stereotactic breast needle biopsy

Our team can help you schedule a routine mammogram or an advanced breast imaging study, based on your individual needs. Request an appointment online or by calling 360-424-6161 (Mount Vernon) or 360-814-8208 (Arlington).