The Breast Center at Providence Hospital is a state-of-the art facility staffed by specially trained physicians and other caregivers from multiple specialties who are experts in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Numerous resources are engaged to provide every patient with holistic care in a spiritually centered setting. Our emphasis is on the timely evaluation of the problem, rapid diagnosis and an optimal course of individualized treatment for women and men with breast disease.

Providence Hospital
MD Anderson


At the Providence Breast Center, we use a variety of equipment and technologies to identify and evaluate abnormalities in the breast. All screenings and tests are performed by technicians and physicians specially trained

  • Screening Mammography
    A screening mammogram is performed on those women who need an annual exam but have no problems or symptoms in their breasts. A baseline should be performed between the age of 35 and 40. An annual mammogram should be performed annually after the age of 40. Women who have a strong family history or a genetic tendency may be encouraged to begin mammography at a younger age. Consult your physician before having a mammogram under the age of 35. Providence offers GeniusTM 3D mammography for the most comprehensive screening available.
  • Diagnostic Mammography
    A diagnostic mammogram is performed on women who have specific symptoms or concerns in their breasts. A diagnostic mammogram enables the technologist to obtain special images of an area of concern in the breast. These images may include spot films or magnification films.
  • Breast Ultrasound
    A breast ultrasound utilizes sound wave technology to determine whether a breast mass is solid or fluid filled. It is used along with a mammogram to determine whether a biopsy is needed. Breast ultrasound may also be used in very young women who may have dense glandular tissue in their breasts that inhibits mammography.
  • Fine Needle Aspiration
    A small amount of fluid in the lump is removed, or aspirated, through a thin, hollow needle and sent to the lab for examination under a microscope.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Breast
    MRI of the breast is used as a supplemental tool in the diagnosis of breast cancer. It uses magnetic fields and radio waves to create images in many different planes. It is also used in conjunction with mammography for diagnosis in patients with very dense glandular tissue and those patients with breast augmentation.
  • Stereotactic / Ultrasound/ MRI Core Needle Biopsy
    Mammography, breast ultrasound and MRI not only allow us to look within the breast tissue, but these same tools are available to perform a needle biopsy of an abnormality within the breast. The core needle biopsy is minimally invasive, causes little or no discomfort to the patient, creates no scar tissue, has a rapid recovery time and provides a quick diagnosis.


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