Screening Tests

If detected early, breast cancer can be successfully treated and cured. At CHI Franciscan Health, our board-certified radiologists and imaging technologists offer the most advanced imaging methods to help guide diagnosis and treatment.

Screening tests for breast health

Early detection, including regular screening mammograms, can save your life. CHI Franciscan follows the American College of Radiology (ACR) and Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) recommendations. Learn more about our breast screening guidelines.

Digital screening mammography

A mammogram is a low-dose, digital X-ray that creates images of the breast. One of our board-certified radiologists, specializing in mammography, can enhance the images on a computer screen for analysis. We use digital screening mammography to detect tumors, cysts and other subtle changes in breast tissue that may be too small to detect by touch.

Traditional digital mammography, takes two-dimensional (2D) X-rays of the breast for screening and diagnostic purposes. 2D digital technology is an effective screening and diagnostic tool used in most breast cancer screenings.

Many of our breast centers offer 3D mammography, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis (“tomo”). This screening and diagnostic breast imaging technology:

  • Allows physicians to examine breast tissue one thin layer at a time
  • Is used in combination with conventional 2D to provide an enhanced image
  • Improves early detection of breast cancer by 10 to 30 percent over 2D imaging alone
  • Increases accuracy, reducing the likelihood for follow-up tests by as much as 30 percent

Bone density scan (DEXA)

If you have had breast cancer or are at high risk for it, you may also be at a higher risk for osteoporosis (loss of bone mass). Bone density, or DEXA, scans are painless and use highly accurate X-ray technology to assess a person’s bone mineral density. Learn more about DEXA scans at CHI Franciscan.

Nationally recognized for breast imaging and mammography

NAPBCCHI Franciscan offers the most comprehensive breast health services in the Puget Sound for mammography and breast imaging. Our comprehensive breast centers are accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and are recognized as Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.

Read about all our services for women’s care throughout CHI Franciscan.

Schedule your screening mammogram today

In the state of Washington, no referral is required for a screening mammogram. View our locations to find one near you and schedule your mammogram appointment.