Also known as: Breast Screening

One woman in eight will get breast cancer in her lifetime. The statistics are hard to ignore. And one in three women over the age of 40 will be diagnosed with a breast health concern.

Mammograms use low energy X-rays to examine the breast as a diagnostic and screening tool to detect the early presence of breast cancer. Mammograms are recommended annually for women age 45 to 54. Women 55 and older can switch to mammograms every 2 years, or continue yearly screening.

Screening and diagnosis

  • Digital mammography
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Clinical breast exam
  • Ultrasound and stereotactic guided core biopsy
  • Needle localization

Professional and support services

  • Nurse liaison
  • Referrals for second opinions, genetic counseling and further testing 
  • Resource library
  • Patient and family education for newly diagnosed women
  • Peer survivor program
  • Breast cancer support groups


  • Risk assessment
  • Breast pain evaluation
  • Breast self-exam instruction
  • Counseling and education

Comprehensive Breast Care

  • Digital mammography in two locations, Missoula and Polson
  • Dedicated breast imaging radiologists for the most accurate diagnosis
  • Leading-edge technology and treatment
  • Support and sensitivity that comes only from experience

If there is a breast health concern we understand the patient's anxiety and will schedule them promptly for all appropriate exams and procedures.

Women should never go without having a mammogram due to financial concerns. With the help of the St. Patrick Hospital Foundation Compassion Fund and the Montana Breast and Cervical Health Program, we will help provide financial assistance for those in need.

Contact Us

Breast Center at Providence St. Patrick Hospital

Broadway Imaging Center

Women's Care and Family Wellness

Grant Creek Family Medicine

Medical Imaging at St. Joseph Medical Center