Overview

Every woman can manage their breast health by relying on experts who can guide, educate and offer treatment when necessary with compassionate support every step of the way. Routine screenings and timely appointments are essential to maintaining breast health, preventing disease and receiving early diagnosis and treatment. We provide mammogram screenings and specialized services at convenient locations in Bellevue and Issaquah where you can expect timely access to appointments in a comfortable environment.

Our advanced methods of screening and diagnostic breast imaging evaluation capabilities include digital breast tomosynthesis (3D mammography), ultrasound, and stereotactic breast biopsy services. The Breast Health Center is fully accredited by the American College of Radiology and was designated an Center of Excellence in 2007. Very low levels of radiation are used and Overlake technicians monitor and test the equipment regularly to ensure its safety and accuracy.

A Team You Can Trust

At the Breast Health Center you'll be cared for by a comprehensive team that works together to provide exceptional patient care and medical excellence every day.

Our team includes:

  • Board-certified/fellowship trained breast imaging radiologists
  • Specially-trained mammography and ultrasound breast technologists
  • Dedicated breast radiologists
  • Board certified breast surgeons
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Physicians specializing in breast health
    • Steve Scallon, MD, a fellowship-trained mammographer, serves as the medical director for breast imaging and leads the dedicated group of physician specialists.

Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (3D Mammography)

Overlake Medical Center is one of the first healthcare providers in the United States — and the only location in Bellevue — to offer the Selenia® Dimensions® 3D digital mammography system by Hologic. Alongside other traditional mammography imaging procedures, Overlake can now provide breast tomosynthesis, a breakthrough technology that is revolutionizing how breast cancer is detected today.

Overlake selected the Selenia Dimensions® system based on its excellent image quality, patient safety and a number of unique features that distinguish it from other digital systems, such as:

  • An ergonomic design to ensure a more comfortable patient experience.
  • Exceptional diagnostic tools for the radiologists which support more confident diagnoses, saves valuable time, and reduces the need for follow-up imaging that allows patients to get answers they need and deserve faster.

For more information read more about digital breast tomosynthesis FAQs.

To schedule your mammogram, call 425.688.5985.

Mammogram Parties

Most women consider annual screening mammograms an unpleasant, necessary chore. Because early detection is critical to long term breast health, we want to make your personal experience an event to look forward to. Each mammogram party includes a spa-like environment for a group of 6-10 women (friends and family) to join together so that they may relax in fellowship and enjoy hors d'oeuvres. 

To schedule your mammogram party:

  • Call 425.688.5985 or email mammoparty@overlakehospital.org. You will be put in contact with one of our mammography coordinators who will be happy to schedule your party. Parties are available Monday - Thursday between 6-8 p.m.
  • The hostess will schedule the time and location most convenient for their party. At the time of the party, the hostess will receive a small gift.
  • The mammography coordinator will need the name and telephone number of each of the guests so that they may call and obtain the pertinent health information for every individual.
  • The hostess and her guests must be at least 40 years of age and have no current symptoms (no lumps, bumps, pain, etc).
  • Once your party is scheduled, there is nothing more to do but to arrive at the time of the party and enjoy.

    Screening & Early Detection 

    Women Over Age 20

    A woman who is familiar with her breasts will most likely notice early changes that occur. At the same time each month, perform a breast self exam to check for any change in the normal look or feel of your breasts. Look for a lump, hard knot or skin that thickens or dimples. Report any changes to your doctor or nurse. You can perform a breast self-exam by following the instructions below:

    Lying Down

    • Place a pillow under your right shoulder.
    • Put your right hand under your head.
    • Check your entire breast area with the finger pads of your left hand. Use small circles and follow an up and down pattern. Use light, medium and firm pressure over each area of your breast.
    • Repeat these steps on your left breast.

    In Front of a Mirror

    • Check for any changes in the shape or look of your breasts.
    • Note any skin or nipple changes such as dimpling or nipple discharge.
    • Inspect your breasts in four steps: arms at side, arms overhead, hands on hips pressing firmly to flex chest muscles and bending forward.

    In the Shower

    • Raise you right arm.
    • With soapy hands and finger flat, check your right breast. Use the method described in the "lying down" step.
    • Repeat on your left breast.

    Women Over Age 40

    An annual mammogram is recommended every year if you are over 40 years old. If your mammogram shows areas of concern for breast cancer, your physician will use tests to determine if cancer is actually present. These may include stereotactic breast biopsy, ultrasound or other imaging techniques. All of these services are available at the Breast Health Center in a comfortable and convenient location.

    If your doctor recommends additional diagnostic procedures, Overlake offers state-of-the-art testing, including ultrasound imaging, advanced breast biopsy techniques, along with access to breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) — the most sophisticated breast imaging available.

    If You Have a Cancer Diagnosis

    Breast cancer patients have more treatment options than ever before. Overlake's Radiation Oncology services provide the full realm of breast radiation, including both external beam therapy and breast brachytherapy, an innovative breast cancer therapy that condenses radiation treatment into five days for qualified patients.

    Should you need surgery, our breast surgeons provide individualized care, and focus on educating you about your options and resources available to you. If you need hospitalization or chemotherapy, you will receive additional, advanced treatment through Overlake's designated inpatient oncology unit.

    Breast Density Resources

    All women have three types of tissue in their breasts: glandular tissue, fibrous tissue and fatty tissue. If a woman has more glandular and fibrous tissue on her mammogram compared with fatty tissue, then she is considered to have dense breasts. As of January 1, 2019, a new law in Washington state mandates not only notifying patients if they have dense breast tissue, but also to communicate that breast density is associated with some increased risk for developing breast cancer, which can make breast cancers with mammography more challenging. Please contact your primary care provider with any further questions you may have about your personal risk factors.

    Overlake Breast Health is proud to offer 3D tomographic mammography technology with computer-assisted detection, as well as other imaging options such as state-of-the-art breast ultrasound and breast MRI to accurately respond to the challenge of imaging dense breast tissue.

    For more information on breast density, visit the resources below: