UCSF Breast Imaging performs 100 percent full-field digital mammography, a technology that has been proven to be of significant value in detecting additional cancers that were missed using older technologies. Annual screening mammography for women is recommended starting at age 40. For high-risk women (those with a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer, for example), screening may need to start earlier.

For all mammogram appointments, a physician referral is required, and you can call our scheduling team to book your appointment.

Screening Mammography

Digital screening mammogram techniques are used at UCSF for annual mammograms to detect any overall change in the appearance of breast tissue. These are appropriate as an annual check-up for women without breast cancer symptoms. To make an appointment, please call (415) 353-3900.

  • Screening Mammograms* can detect early cancers when the disease is potentially more treatable and curable. 
  • Annual breast screening for women is recommended starting at age 40. 
  • Please contact us so that we can learn more about your needs.

*Screening mammograms are x-ray images of the breast that can be used to check for breast cancer in those who have no signs or symptoms of the disease. 

UCSF Screening Mammograms provide the following advantages:

  • UCSF is designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of
  • Radiology.
    Highest standards of image 
  • quality with minimal radiation.
    Ability to detect additional cancers that might be missed using older technologies.


Diagnostic Mammography

Digital diagnostic mammograms involve a series of breast images to provide a more detailed view of a specific portion of the breast, as prescribed and monitored by a specialist trained in breast imaging. This digital diagnostic technique is appropriate for women with a prior history of breast cancer, a new breast symptom (for example, a patient or her doctor feels a lump), or an abnormal screening mammogram.

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