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We know that when it comes to staying on top of your breast health, preventative care is a key part to staying healthy. We are here with the expertise and compassionate care to help you navigate your imaging journey.

Caring for you is our top priority. Our imaging centers offer easy scheduling with flexible appointment times that work with your busy life. We advocate open communication between our experienced imaging staff and your doctor so you can get the exceptional care you need, when you need it.

For women who qualify, Desert Care is now home to the first compression-free breast imaging device in the state. It is the Koning Breast CT, which offers a new no compression way to get 3D images to screen for breast cancer. This new breast CT scan requires a doctor's order, so ask your physician today if you qualify. Learn more about the Breast CT here.

What Is the Purpose of a Mammogram?

A mammogram is an X-ray image of the breast, which doctors use to look for early signs of breast cancer and other breast abnormalities. The imaging method is called mammography. It is used as both a diagnostic and screening tool.

What Happens During a Mammogram?


During a mammogram, a patient stands in front of a special medical X-ray machine while a technologist places the patient's breast on a flat plate. The breast is compressed with a parallel plate called a paddle, which holds it still while the X-ray is being taken. The process only takes a few seconds for each breast. This helps minimize blurring of the X-ray image that can be caused by movement. Compression also evens out the shape of the breast, so that the X-ray can travel a shorter path.

These steps are repeated for the other breast. For some women with breast implants or larger breasts, more images may be needed. The whole procedure generally takes about 20 minutes.

Your breasts may be more sensitive if you are about to have or currently having your period. Inform the technologists at once if you feel any pain.

3D Mammography Services Offered

3D Mammography, also known as Tomosynthesis, is ideal for women with dense breasts because it gives radiologists a more detailed view of the breast tissue, helping to find smaller cancers earlier. The advanced technology also decreases the number of false positives. There is same day follow-up available if additional imaging is needed, which results also available that day.

What Age Should a Woman Get a Mammogram?

Mammogram guidelines are issued by various medical organizations. For more information, please review the chart below for women with average risk:

 Age to Start Mammography Age to Stop Mammography Mammography Interval 
American College of Radiology/Society of Breast Imaging 40*No age limit, tailor to individual health statusAnnual 
American Cancer Society 45 option to start at age 40When life expectancy is less than 10 years
Annual 45-54; Every 1 or 2 years 55+
American College of Obstetricians and GynecologistsOffer at 40, not later than 50Age 75, then shared decision makingEvery 1 or 2 years 
American Medical Association
40Not Stated Annual 
American Society of Breast Surgeons
40When life expectancy is less than 10 yearsAnnual  
National Comprehensive Cancer Network40Upper age limit for screening is not yet established  Annual
U.S. Preventive  Services Task Force
5074 years Every 2 years 

* African American, Hispanic and Asian women have peak incidence of breast cancer in their 40s and should begin screening at least by age 40.

Please talk with your health care provider about the best screening guidelines for you.

Insurances Accepted

We accept a variety of insurance plans. For questions about your coverage, please contact your insurance provider directly.

Mamografía en la Desert Care Network

Los residentes del Coachella Valley pueden programar una mamografía en el Comprehensive Cancer Center del Desert Regional, con localidades convenientes en Palm Springs y La Quinta. Los residentes de las comunidades de High Desert pueden programar una mamografía en el campus del Hi-Desert Medical Center en Joshua Tree.

Comprehensive Cancer Center, Palm Springs
1180 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Suite E218
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 416-4700

Comprehensive Cancer Center, La Quinta
47647 Caleo Bay, Suite 260
La Quinta, CA 92253
(760) 771-6158

Hi-Desert Medical Center
6601 White Feather Rd
Joshua Tree, CA 92252
(760) 366-6358

Nuestro equipo está listo para ofrecerle servicios integrales de detección, los cuales incluyen:

  • Mamografía de detección digital en 3D
  • Mamografía digital
  • Biopsias estereotácticas
  • Biopsias guiadas por ultrasonido
  • Ecografía mamaria
  • Resonancia magnética de mama
  • Exámenes de densidad ósea
  • Pruebas genéticas Myriad para el cáncer de mama

¿Por qué es útil la mamografía en 3D?

La mamografía en 3D, también conocida como tomosíntesis, es ideal para mujeres con senos densos porque proporciona a los radiólogos una visión más detallada del tejido mamario y favorece la detección temprana de cánceres más pequeños. Esta tecnología avanzada también disminuye el número de falsos positivos. Nadie quiere volver para una segunda mamografía, que incluso puede no ser cubierta por el seguro.

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