Detection and Diagnosis

Imaging and Genetic Counseling

Scripps Health emphasizes early detection, and encourages women to receive annual clinical exams by a health care professional. Be sure to discuss any individual needs directly with him or her.

It’s also important that women be especially aware of any changes in the look or feel of their breasts. They may want to ask their doctor about the benefits and limitations of breast self-examinations.


We offer a number of imaging procedures to detect and diagnose breast cancer, including:

Accreditation and distinction

Scripps imaging facilities are accredited in mammography by the American College of Radiology.Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista are currently designated Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence.

Leading-edge digital technology

Scripps providers use state-of-the-art digital imaging technology for screening and diagnostic mammograms. Digital technology allows us to provide the highest quality of care and offers:

  • Lower-dose radiation exams and improved image quality
  • Improved accuracy of initial screening exams
  • Electronic transfer of images from one location to another, giving radiologists and physicians the ability to view reports and images online, saving time and decreasing the need for retakes

Every screening mammogram performed at Scripps imaging centers is read by a radiologist, and double-checked by a computer-aided detection (CAD) system.
Our radiologists are specially trained in reading breast images and have extensive experience with image-guided breast procedures, including biopsies.

Cancer genetics program

Our Breast Cancer Genetic Counseling program provides testing and counseling for patients concerned about their genetic risk for breast cancer, due to family history or genetic profile.