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Scripps Polster Breast Care Center

The entrance to Scripps Polster Breast Care Center, located inside the Ximed building on the campus of Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla.
Scripps Polster Breast Cancer Center
9850 Genesee Ave.
Suite 170
La Jolla, CA 92037
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    Mon - Fri: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Scripps breast care specialists offer breast imaging and support services in La Jolla

Scripps Polster Breast Care Center is the first in San Diego to offer personalized, compassionate breast care in one convenient location. We offer the full range of services to help you maintain your breast health. Our specialists are here to talk with you about your breast health, perform your annual mammogram or support you if you are living with breast cancer.

Located on the ground floor of the Ximed building on the campus of Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, we offer free Wi-Fi and a fully stocked coffee cart to help make your visit as pleasant as possible. Download and print our campus map (PDF, 1.6 MB).

Advanced technology

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Advanced technology

We offer the latest in mammography technology and breast imaging, including:

  • Digital mammography
  • 3-D mammography
  • Advanced breast biopsies
  • Breast MRI

Learn more about types of breast imaging we provide.

Comprehensive breast care

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Comprehensive breast care

More and more women choose our breast care center for our:

  • Depth of experience and expertise
  • Personalized care
  • Emphasis on prevention and early detection
  • Robust resources and support

Read more about diagnostic mammograms.

Your visit


Your visit

We’ve designed our center around you, creating a calm, relaxing environment.

  • Warm, friendly staff and clinicians
  • Spa-like atmosphere
  • Complimentary chair massages
  • Variety of gourmet teas and coffee
  • Plush robes to wear while you wait
  • Lockers to store personal items
  • Specialty boutique and gift shop
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Outpatient pharmacy

Learn more about Scripps Polster Breast Care Center.

Support and resources

The lobby of the Scripps Polster Breast Care Center.

Support and resources

Our team delivers a wide range of breast care and support services for our patients, including:

  • Education and consultation services
  • Therapy programs and support services
  • Wellness programs
  • Full spectrum of breast cancer care at Scripps La Jolla hospital

Read more about our breast care support services.

About Scripps Polster Breast Care Center

The mission of the Scripps Polster Breast Care Center is to enhance the well-being of our patients through excellent, personalized care. We provide comprehensive and compassionate breast care throughout all of our programs and services as well as those of the physician specialists affiliated with Scripps Health. Our center is accredited by the American College of Radiology, American College of Surgeons and The Joint Commission.

When you walk into our center, you know that you are getting the highest quality treatment available in a comfortable and supportive environment. Our warm, welcoming staff members have years of experience providing sensitive, specialized care for women.

Diagnostic mammogram at Scripps Polster Breast Care Center

Scripps Polster Breast Care Center is the first in San Diego to offer personalized, compassionate breast care in one convenient location, including:

Experience and expertise

Your breast care team, including experienced health care professionals, registered nurses and physicians, works with the latest imaging technology for screening and diagnosis. Digital mammography and breast MRI enables us to save valuable time in diagnosing cancer, so we can begin treatment right away.

Early detection

Screening and diagnosis takes place in a warm, friendly environment. On-site radiologists provide timely test results. A computer-aided detection system analyzes all digital screening mammograms, resulting in a high level of accuracy. A registered nurse is available to provide education on self breast exams.

Education and support

We offer the latest information on every aspect of breast care, from prevention and detection to treatment and therapy. Our registered nurses provide community outreach and education on breast cancer, self-exam techniques and general breast health. Women living with breast cancer can talk with counselors, join a support group and meet with breast cancer survivors.

Personalized care

We are dedicated to giving you the personal care you deserve. We listen to your concerns and work with you to make informed decisions. We encourage you and your family to ask questions and take an active role in your care.

Types of breast imaging we provide

Regular mammography exams are the best way to detect any breast problems early on, when treatment can be most successful. We use the advanced imaging technology to get detailed, accurate images of your breast tissue. Our expert radiologists who specialize in breast care perform the imaging scans and analyze the results.

Imaging services we provide include:


This uses low-dose radiation to obtain high-resolution images of your breasts. We provide two types:

  • Digital mammography, analyzed by a computer-aided detection (CAD) system. We use this for both screening and diagnostic purposes. Find out more about digital mammography.

  • 3-D mammography (tomosynthesis), which provides the sharpest images for screening and diagnostics.


An ultrasound procedure uses a microphone-like instrument to scan over the skin and send sound waves into the body that bounce off of tissue and reflect back to the transducer, where they are recorded and displayed as real-time images.

Breast biopsies

We remove a small sample of breast tissue for analysis, using the latest technology to ensure the most accurate and least invasive procedure.

  • Ultrasound-guided breast biopsy
  • Stereotactic breast biopsy

Molecular breast imaging (MBI)

This can identify tumors that are not visible in a traditional mammogram. We inject short-lived radioactive particles that accumulate in tumor cells more than normal cells, allowing us to detect abnormalities.

Breast MRI

This helps us to determine the extent of disease, monitor response to therapy in breast cancer patients and further evaluate any breast abnormalities. Read more about breast MRI.

Needle localization prior to surgery

Our team uses needle localization to accurately identify the location of the breast abnormality before beginning surgery.

Breast care support services

Scripps Polster Breast Care Center offers comprehensive, coordinated care for the full spectrum of breast care. Our caring staff focuses on meeting your individual needs. Services we provide include:

Education and consultation services

  • Instruction on breast self-exam
  • Education about your breast health
  • Breast cancer education and consultation
  • A reference library offering educational materials for loan and Internet access for browsing online resources
  • Genetic education and testing services

Therapy programs and support services

Support groups for women with breast cancer, free of charge. You do not have to be a Scripps patient to participate. Find out more about our support groups.

  • The lymphedema management program offers an individualized treatment program that incorporates physical and occupational therapy.
  • The Breast Buddy peer support program matches a breast cancer survivor with a patient to provide support through diagnosis, treatment and recovery of breast cancer.

Wellness programs

  • Healthy lifestyle programs
  • Nutritional counseling

Breast cancer treatment service

Breast surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy are available at Scripps La Jolla and throughout the Scripps system.

Find out more about our patient resources.