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Breast Imaging

At Colorado Imaging Associates the health and wellbeing of each and every patient is our top priority. We work closely with primary care physicians, breast surgeons, and other specialities to provide patients with a high level of breast imaging expertise.

Our breast imaging services include:

  • Mammography
  • Breast Ultrasound
  • Breast MRI
  • Image Guided Biopsy
  • Cyst Aspiration


How does mammography work?

Mammography uses low dose radiation to look at the internal tissues of the breast. The goal of mammography is to find breast cancer before it can be felt.

Is mammography safe?

The benefits of mammography in patients over 40 years old far outweigh the small risk of radiation exposure. The risk of a single mammogram has been compared to risks encountered in everyday life and is about the same as driving 220 miles by car or smoking 1.5 cigarettes. The National Academy of Science has concluded that the "risk of breast cancer for women exposed to radiation at age 40 or older is negligible or nonexistent."

Will it hurt?

Compression of the breast is key to achieving a high quality image. Some women will experience discomfort during the examination. You may choose to schedule your mammogram at a time when your breasts are less tender, usually after your menstrual cycle. This should help reduce discomfort associated with the exam.

How long will my mammogram take?

The time varies but most screening mammograms require approximately 15 minutes and diagnostic mammograms require 30 minutes.

Is there more than one type of mammogram?

There are two types - screening and diagnostic. A screening mammogram is done in women who are not having any breast problems. A diagnostic mammogram is for women who are having certain breast symptoms (including a lump or certain types of discharge), have had a lumpectomy for breast cancer in the past 10 years or have had special follow-up recommended from previous mammograms.

Can I schedule this without an order?

No order is needed for screening patients who are 40 or older and have a referring physician to receive the results. Those patients under 40 or needing a diagnostic mammogram or ultrasound do need to have an order from their physician.

When should I start thinking about having a mammogram?

The American Cancer Society recommends that women age 40 and older should have a screening mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health.