Breast Imaging

Our commitment to your breast health means ensuring that our imaging locations are convenient, that we have certified imaging specialists and offer convenient hours. And we're also committed to making your exam as comfortable as possible.

Maintaining your breast health is one of the most important gifts you can give yourself. You and your doctor may have already discussed your family cancer history and what you need to do to assure your risk of breast cancer is as low as possible. Your doctor will likely suggest certain breast screenings at certain times and at some point recommend that you get annual screening mammograms, usually starting at age 40. If there are any concerns, your doctor may discuss other tests such as ultrasounds or biopsies.

We're here to make sure keeping your breasts healthy is easy.

An annual screening mammogram is an invaluable tool for detecting and treating cancer at its earliest stages when it can be most successfully treated.

The screening recommendations below apply to most women.

Age 25 to 39

  • Clinical breast exam every one to three years (A health care provider checks for lumps or other changes.)

Age 40 and older

  • Clinical breast exam every year
  • Mammogram every year

Banner Health also recommends the following:

  • Having “breast self-awareness”, knowing your breasts and reporting any changes to physicians.
  • If you are age 35 or older, ask your doctor to calculate your breast cancer risk.
  • Consider additional screening if you are at risk.

Your Banner Health team will walk you through the process from screening to results to make sure that you're supported.

We use the latest technology for your mammogram to give you peace of mind. Called 3D mammography, or digital breast tomosynthesis, it offers a clearer view of your breast than conventional mammography. This creates a 3D image of the breasts to give your doctors a more detailed view and often reduces the need for additional imaging.
Sometimes doctors use additional tests to be sure they can see the entire breast. While this can be unsettling, you can have confidence in our diagnostic tools as well as our dedicated staff. One of these tools is the breast ultrasound. It uses reflected sound waves to help our doctors better view the breast and evaluate possible abnormalities.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is another tool your doctors may use to further evaluate your breast. Our knowledgeable team will explain the MRI to you so you understand what your doctor may be looking for. MRI is particularly useful for women who have dense breasts or for those who have a high genetic risk (family history) of breast cancer.
Sometimes your doctor may want to collect samples of breast tissue to further analyze something seen on a screening mammogram. Your doctor may use a minimally invasive approach such as the vacuum-assisted stereotactic breast biopsy. We understand this might be worrisome. That's why we will be with you every step of the way to ensure your comfort and get you timely answers.
Another option for evaluating breast tissue is an ultrasound-guided biopsy. Your experienced care team will thoroughly discuss whether or not this would be the best option of are for you and support you through understanding the details of the procedure.
If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, we're here for you. We offer many procedures to help your doctors understand more about your cancer include sentinel node biopsy. This procedure specifically evaluates your lymph nodes.
If your doctor orders a ductogram, our team will walk you through the procedure. This type of x-ray uses a small amount of injected dye to look at the mammary duct. It is often combined with other breast testing.
If your doctors find a lump or a cyst, they may use this procedure to evaluate whether or not it is cancer. Rest assured we will be with you to ensure your comfort.
If you need breast surgery, we want you to have the very best care. Before your surgery you may have this procedure to help your doctor identify the exact section of breast tissue to be removed. It uses mammography or ultrasound to guide very thin needles or wires to pinpoint the tumor. We will walk you through the procedure and make sure you are comfortable.

To make an accurate diagnosis, your doctor may order an imaging test such as a mammogram, ultrasound or MRI. We know that finding timely answers is important. That is why Banner offers several modern imaging centers with comfortable amenities and certified staff to support you.

  • Convenient hours
  • Advanced equipment
  • Competitive pricing
  • Acceptance of most insurance plans