Mammography

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Thanks to a rise in routine screening mammograms, more and more breast cancers are being caught in the earliest, most treatable stages.

All our locations offer a comfortable environment, a caring and experienced staff, and a wide range of state-of-the-art screening and diagnostic capabilities. We also offer a mobile mammography program.

What is a Mammogram?

A mammogram is a low-dose X-ray used to routinely evaluate a woman’s breast health. It helps doctors see whether there are any abnormalities or changes in the breast tissue that may need to be further explored.

At Swedish, all mammograms are performed utilizing the latest technologies such as full-field digital mammography and all breast imaging performed within the Swedish Breast Centers is provided by dedicated professional staff credentialed in breast imaging.

Unlike traditional film-screen mammography, digital mammograms produce images that can detect the most subtle signs of cancer including tiny spots in breast tissue called microcalcifications. Using special, high-resolution monitors, a radiologist can adjust the brightness, change contrast and zoom in on digital mammograms for close ups of specific areas of a breast. The images appear on the monitors in a matter of seconds, so there’s no waiting for film to develop which can mean a faster diagnosis for the patient.

When Should I Start Getting Mammograms?

Studies show that the breast X-ray can detect a lump two years before it can be felt and can identify up to 90 percent of breast cancers. That’s why the American Cancer Society recommends that women have the exam done once a year starting at age 40. Women with a family history of breast cancer may be advised by their physician to start earlier than 40.

Learn more about screening guidelines


Scheduling Your Exam

When scheduling your mammogram, please let the scheduler know of the following:

  • If you have had a prior mammogram, we will need to know when and where they are located.
  • If you have special needs (wheelchair/ walker needs, interpreter services, etc). We want to ensure that we have the appropriate staff available to assist you.
  • If you are pregnant or nursing
  • If you have breast implants
  • Any recent breast surgeries or biopsies

To reduce discomfort, schedule your mammogram within the first 10 days of your menstrual cycle.

Appointments & Referrals

Swedish Breast Centers Appointment / Referral Form (PDF)

Note: The Swedish Breast Centers require patients to provide the name of their current health-care provider in order to receive services.

Mobile Mammography Services

Swedish primary-care clinics locations & schedule
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What to Expect

Day of Exam