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Breast Screening

Women's Imaging Center in Lake Forest, IL

Early diagnosis and treatment is the best strategy for preventing serious complications and death from breast cancer. The team at Mass Medical Imaging in Lake Forest, Illinois, specializes in breast health and offers state-of-the-art breast screenings. This includes screening and diagnostic mammograms, automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) for supplementary screening, and artificial intelligence (AI) to assess your lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. Call today or schedule your breast screening online. 

Breast Screening

What is breast screening?

Breast screening refers to evaluating breast tissue to look for abnormal growths and tumors. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women overall and the leading cause of cancer death in Hispanic women. 

Breast screening finds breast cancer during the early stages, when it’s easier to treat, improving your chances of a full recovery. Routine breast screening is the most reliable method for finding breast cancer early. 

Mass Medical Imaging is a state-of-the-art imaging center that specializes in breast health. They use the same breast screening tools you find at breast cancer centers and universities. 

If you need breast screening, the team at Mass Medical Imaging can schedule your screening right away and make sure you feel comfortable throughout the entire process. 


When do I need breast screening?

You and your primary care provider determine when you need to start breast screening. Screening recommendations for women at average risk of developing breast cancer — which are women with no family history of breast cancer or breast cancer genes — are as follows:

  • Option to start screening between ages 40-44 
  • Annual mammogram from age 45-54
  • Mammogram every other year at 55 and older

Your annual breast exam is not the same as a breast screening. 


What are the types of breast screening?

The mammogram is the primary tool used for breast screening. Mass Medical Imaging also offers automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) testing as a supplementary screening for women with dense breasts.



The mammogram is a low-dose X-ray of the breast. This test can find breast masses during the early stages before you have symptoms. Mass Medical Imaging does screening mammograms and more in-depth diagnostic mammograms for women with abnormal screenings.



ABUS uses high-frequency ultrasound technology to get detailed images of breast tissue in women with dense breasts. This test isn’t a replacement for the mammogram but a supplementary test for women with dense breast tissue.

An ABUS can find small breast masses not detectable from a mammogram.

The team at Mass Medical Imaging also takes a detailed history and uses artificial intelligence (AI) to assess your lifetime risk of developing breast cancer, which can help you decide when to start breast screening.

Breast screening may save your life. Call Mass Medical Imaging or schedule your screening online today.