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We were recently featured on KTVK 3TV for Breast Cancer Awareness Month to talk about the services offered at our locations, breast cancer risk factors, recommended screening, and more.

Mammograms and Breast Health Services for Arizona


Get A Mammo is Scottsdale Medical Imaging’s central place dedicated solely to women’s imaging and breast health services including mammograms, 3D mammograms, breast MRI, breast ultrasound, breast biopsies, and positron emission mammography. We encourage you to spend a little time on our site or contact us.

You are probably here because you already know the importance of breast cancer screening.

28 million women have mammograms annually. Fewer than ten percent of those mammogram screenings show some abnormality and need more tests. After specialized testing the vast majority (about 94 percent) of abnormalities are found to be harmless.

Mammograms do not prevent breast cancer, but many regard them as a life-saving test because of the potential for breast cancer detection in its early, most treatable stages. When breast cancer is detected early, there is a 98 percent chance of survival.

Recognized by the America College of Radiology for Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence, Scottsdale Medical Imaging (SMIL) has been on the forefront of state-of-the-art technology, screening and research over 20 years.

Our specialty breast imaging radiologists, caring support staff and region’s first certified breast health patient nurse navigator program can provide every woman with the highest level of expertise in breast cancer screening, detection and care.

We believe women should not be in the dark about breast cancer and their options for breast health screening and diagnosis.

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Know Your Breast Cancer Risk Number!

First let’s be clear, a high risk number doesn’t mean a woman will certainly get breast cancer and a low number does not mean it is impossible. For most women, the average lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is 12 percent to 13 percent.

A risk of 15 percent to 20 percent is “moderately increased” and above 20 percent is described as “high risk.” It’s a good idea to understand your risk now. The absolute best advice is to discuss your personal breast health and risk number with your own doctor.

Some healthcare providers and organizations recommend annual screening for women starting at 40, and others recommend screening every other year starting at 50. Wait until 50 and you'll reduce the number of false alarms— but you'll also miss some cases of cancer. So what's the answer?

Every woman is unique. We have different risk factors, different genetic makeups, different family histories. Working together with your primary care provider SMIL physicians now calculate your individual risk for breast cancer each time you get a mammogram.  We recommend you get your mammogram (start at age 40 if you can) and discuss your individual risk with your provider. This more tailored approach, now made possible by a SMIL mammogram, is what "personalized medicine" is all about. If you are at moderately increased risk then American Cancer Society recommends you ask your doctor about adding breast MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). If you are at high risk the clear recommendation is that you get a mammogram plus an MRI starting at age 30.

If you are “moderately increased,” ACS recommends you ask your doctor about adding breast MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). If you are at “high risk,” the clear recommendation is that you get a mammogram plus an MRI starting at age 30.