Early Detection is Your Best Protection
Regular screening mammography can often detect breast cancer long before it can be felt. That could save your life, your mother’s, sister’s, and even your daughter’s.
Make breast health a priority in your life—do your monthly self-checks and schedule an appointment for your annual mammogram today with The Breast Center.
- A women’s chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime is 1 in 8.
- 8 out of 9 diagnosed women have no family history of breast cancer.
- With early detection, the five year survival rate from breast cancer is almost 100%.
- Research has shown early detection reduces breast cancer mortality by up to 44%.
Mammograms Save Lives!
Digital mammography, used at The Breast Center, surpasses conventional X-ray film for detecting breast cancer. Digital images offer greater clarity and can be manipulated for the best vantage point.
Because digital images can be shared online, surgeons and other specialists can consult with little or no delay when necessary. Your mammogram also goes through an additional review using the computerized R2 ImageChecker® to aid the radiologist in identifying suspicious regions. Should you need care beyond routine screening, The Breast Center provides comprehensive services and collaborative, skilled practitioners to support you every step of the way.
The Breast Center at Valley is proud to offer patients the choice of 2D or 3D screening mammography. Our latest Genius 3D mammography™ allows doctors to examine your breast tissue layer by layer. So, instead of viewing all of the complexities of your breast tissue in a flat image, as with traditional 2D mammography, fine details are more visible and no longer hidden by the tissue above or below.
3D screening mammography
Genius 3D mammography
How often should you get a screening mammogram?
Learn more about screening guidelines and the role of mammography in detecting breast cancer.
Expert Care Team
The Breast Center at Valley Medical Center is a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, having been awarded the gold seal for medical imaging safety and quality from the American College of Radiology (ACR) in all breast imaging modalities:
- Gold Seal: Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging
- Gold Seal: Breast Ultrasound
- Gold Seal: Mammography
- Gold Seal: Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
Our expert and dedicated team of technicians, radiologists and support staff put the needs of our patients first. We understand the anxiety that comes with breast screening and diagnostic testing. We work diligently to anticipate needs, provide information and connect patients with important resources.
What happens when I go for my mammogram?
Spa Services by an Oncology Certified, Licensed Aesthetician
Christina puts a glow on Breast Center patients receiving treatment at Valley Medical Center.
While we may not entirely eliminate anxiety, we go to great lengths to create a relaxing atmosphere and experience. Warm robes, designer gowns, delicate tea service, and original artwork—all are part of the calm, reassuring environment at The Breast Center.
During mammography, trained technologists use a state-of-the-art breast imaging system to take two pictures of each breast, one from the top and one from the side, ensuring that the largest possible volume of both breasts is imaged. Your breast is compressed, which prevents motion and spreads out overlapping structures of the breast, reducing the radiation dose required. The Breast Center offers an innovative, soft cushion to add comfort to the procedure. Discomfort can be reduced if you avoid having your mammogram immediately before or during your menstrual period.
After your examination, a trained radiologist, certified under strict national standards in interpreting mammograms, reviews the images. Questionable findings can include a mass (nodule), suspicious calcium deposits, distortion of breast tissue, skin retraction or skin thickening. Approximately 1 in 10 women are called back for additional imaging of questionable findings. We know this can be anxiety provoking; however, a closer look is sometimes necessary to rule out true abnormalities. Our radiologist physicians at The Breast Center perform advanced examinations on-site, assuring rapid interpretation of results and consultation with specialists when warranted.
At The Breast Center, a breast nurse specialist coordinates every aspect of a patient's care. Patients also have access to an extensive library of educational materials, and our specialists can recommend patient-led support groups that foster connection and inspiration.
Schedule your next mammogram
Directly schedule your mammogram in MyChart.
For more information about The Breast Center at Valley Medical Center or Covington Clinic North, information about maintaining your breast health, or to schedule an appointment, please call us at 425.656.5588. You may also request an appointment online; we'll get back to you within 3 business days.
The Breast Center at Valley Medical Center is located on the 4th floor of the Medical Arts Center. View & print a map of our campus.
The Breast Center at Covington Clinic North is located on the 2nd floor.
Quality Data Report
Each year, Breast Centers are required to perform an audit of their performance as it relates to their screening mammography program. This is a requirement of the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA). Please click here to see Valley's 2015 MQSA Audit.