A female physician; mammography imaging center in Oregon


What is mammography?
Mammography is a radiographic image of the breasts. 3-D Tomosynthesis is a specific type of mammogram imaging that allows for better imaging within the breast tissue. This newer technology allows for detection of smaller lesions, especially within dense breast tissue. Screening mammograms are done routinely on women after the age of 40. Diagnostic mammograms are performed when a patient has specific symptoms, such as a lump, discharge, or pain.

How is mammography performed?
During the procedure, the patient stands and each breast is imaged using a detector. Our technologists are trained to use an appropriate amount of compression to create the best image, as well as for the comfort of the patient.

A physician performs ultrasounds and mammography in Oregon

Breast Ultrasound

What is a breast ultrasound? 
A breast ultrasound uses sound waves to create images of internal breast structures. This procedure can help to diagnose lumps or abnormalities in the breast tissue. It is often used together with mammography to best evaluate the breast tissue.

How is a breast ultrasound performed?
A small transducer with gel is placed directly on the skin to create the image of the breast tissue.

A female physician performing MRIs and mammography at an Oregon imaging center

Breast MRI

What is a breast MRI?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, uses a magnetic field, radio waves, and computer reconstruction to produce a picture of both breasts. It is often used in addition to mammography or breast ultrasound for high risk screening as well as evaluation of known breast cancer.

How is an MRI performed?
During a breast MRI, the patient lies on their stomach on a motorized bed that moves within a cylindrical scanner. Because of the strong magnetic fields, you’ll be asked to remove jewelry, piercings, dentures, and hearing aids. The tech will also ask if you have any metal implants.