Screening and Diagnosis

If the radiologist sees something in a mammogram that warrants a further look, the next step is a breast ultrasound. 

In some cases, particularly where there is a strong family history of breast cancer, a breast MRI will be performed.


When a lump or abnormal area is identified, a breast biopsy will be taken to establish a diagnosis. Keep in mind that about 80% of breast biopsies are non-cancerous.

Biopsies may include:


If a problem is detected, the Center's dedicated care coordinator will make immediate referrals to other members of the EvergreenHealth cancer team to initiate treatment.

If a surgical consultation is necessary, the radiologist at the Breast Health Center will arrange the appointment with an EvergreenHealth-affiliated surgeon located right on our Kirkland campus.