See all locations where mammograms are offered for Breast Health Services.
Whether it’s time for your annual breast cancer screening, or your provider has asked you to get a diagnostic mammogram, 3D Mammography offers a number of benefits.
You can minimize your discomfort from breast compression by:
Tell your mammogram technologist if:
The entire exam should take approximately 30 minutes. Please arrive 15 minutes before your exam and be sure to remove any powder, perfumes, deodorant and/or lotions from your underarms and breasts before your appointment.
With 3D tomosynthesis and digital mammography radiologists are seeing more details than ever before. It is not uncommon to get called back for an additional look, but with tomosynthesis, this chance is lowered. A vast majority of breast abnormalities are benign (not cancer). The images are noting natural changes that occur with age. Keep in mind, however, that every abnormality should be taken seriously.Gathering of all the information necessary to make a thorough interpretation from an imaging study can take time. All abnormalities found in breast tissue require careful evaluation. Additional views of the breast may be required and different examinations or procedures - such as breast ultrasound, breast MRI, or image-guided breast biopsy – may be necessary to confirm a diagnosis.
At MultiCare we offer a Nurse Navigator program as a resource to help you navigate through the complexity of a breast cancer diagnosis and other breast health issues. From treatment information to side effects, our nurse navigator will work with you and your physician to manage your care every step of the way.
To schedule an appointment with a nurse navigator, please call 253-372.7240 or 253-372-7293.
MultiCare’s breast health centers received their ninth consecutive perfect review from the FDA’s Mammography Quality Standards Program.
The annual review is part of a nationwide program to “ensure that all women have access to quality mammography for the detection of breast cancer in its earliest, most treatable stages,” according to the FDA’s Web site.
The FDA found that MultiCare Auburn Health Center, Covington MultiCare Clinic and MultiCare Gig Harbor Medical Park meet all national guidelines for mammography.