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    Digital Mammograms

    • Greater accuracy
    • Lower-dose radiation
    • 3D tomosynthesis offered
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    Comfortable Setting

    • Tranquil setting with spa robes
    • Free wifi and valet parking
    • Gentle and courteous staff
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    "The place is tranquil and the technologists are so gentle. They make you feel relaxed."
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The Carol Ann Read Breast Health Center in Oakland

Breast health and prevention with a personal touch
and gentle care.

Comfortable spa robes
Private changing rooms
Valet parking
Wireless Internet
Open Weekdays 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(Until 6 p.m. on Wednesdays)

Open Saturday 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
(510) 420-6000
3100 Summit St, Ground Floor
Oakland, CA     View Summit Campus Map

Services at the Carol Ann Read Breast Health Center

Mammography screening and access to comprehensive follow-up care

A Breast Imaging Center of Excellence & National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers

  • Diagnostic Mammograms
  • Complete diagnostic testing if an abnormality is found on your screening mammogram.

  • Breast Ultrasound
  • Painless and radiation-free, this process determines if a lump may be a fluid-filled cyst, thus not cancer.

  • The 3-day Biopsy Promise
  • Biopsy scheduled within three days if needed.

  • Center of Excellence
  • Recognized as a center of excellence by the American College of Radiology.

Frequently Asked Questions

Mammograms are low-dose x-rays that can detect breast cancer in a woman's breasts. They are the most effective tool we have for early detection of breast cancer. Mammograms identify 84 percent of breast cancers. Research shows that screening mammograms reduce deaths of women from breast cancer by 15 to 29 percent.

At age 40 to 45. The American Cancer Society says women should have the choice to start screening mammograms at 40, depending on your risk factors. Recommendations vary so you should discuss the timing of your first mammogram with your primary care doctor.

Mammograms are very safe. Modern mammogram machines use a very low dose of radiation - 0.04 mSv. That's about the same amount of cosmic radiation you get flying across country on a plane. And it's the same amount you get in natural background radiation over seven normal weeks. As with most screening tests, there is a risk of false positives, which can lead to stress and follow-up tests. Overall, the benefits outweigh the risks. Women with breast cancer diagnosed in its early stage have a 99 percent survival rate.

Wear a comfortable top that's easy to remove. Don't use deodorant or antiperspirant on the day of your mammogram. The chemicals can show up as white spots. Try to schedule your exam after your menstrual period when your breasts are not tender.

There is minor discomfort depending on your breast sensitivity.

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