Mammograms and breast imaging services in Thornton

North Suburban Medical Center’s Outpatient Imaging Center in Thornton offers comprehensive breast imaging services, including digital mammograms, which is the best way to detect the subtle, early signs of breast cancer.

To schedule your mammogram, please call (303) 457-7777.

Breast cancer starts in the breasts, but it can spread to other parts of your body if it isn’t caught at an early stage. Our Outpatient Imaging Center, an extension of North Suburban’s Department of Imaging and Radiology, is dedicated to providing thorough, compassionate breast health services to screen for and detect breast cancer in its earliest stages.

All breasts health imaging services are provided by experienced technologists and read by radiologists who specialize in interpreting breast scans. Our goal is to make your mammography experience as comfortable and convenient as possible.

As a Breast Center of Excellence recognized by the American College of Radiologists, and accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), North Suburban adheres to the highest standards for care.

Breast health services

Our Outpatient Imaging Center offers a range of women’s imaging services in Thornton. We are proud to offer the latest advances in breast imaging technology.


  • Screening mammogram: A screening mammogram is a low-dose, digital X-ray of the breasts. This is routinely performed to detect breast cancer in women who have no symptoms.
  • Diagnostic mammogram: This is a low-dose X-ray of the breasts that provides more detail of the breast tissue using specialized positioning and technique. This exam may follow an abnormal screening mammogram if signs of breast cancer are present, such as a palpable lump, breast pain, changes in the skin, size or shape of a breast. These mammograms are also sometimes used for patients with breast implants.
  • Tomosynthesis or 3D mammogram: Traditional mammography takes images from the top and side of a breast, creating a 2D image. Tomosynthesis provides a 3D image of the breast and takes images from multiple angles. 3D mammograms capture clearer images and very fine details that may be hidden in breast tissues.

To prepare for your mammogram, dress comfortably. Depending on the type of mammogram, you may only need to remove your top. Please do not wear deodorant, perfume or powder on the day of your mammogram, as these substances can obstruct the image of your breast tissue.

If you get a call-back for a follow-up mammogram, do not panic. After a mammogram screening, 10 percent of women are asked to return for a follow-up test. However, not all abnormalities found in screening mammograms are cancerous.

Breast ultrasound

A breast ultrasound shows whether a breast lump is a fluid-filled cyst or a solid lump.

Breast MRI

A breast MRI is often used in women who have already have been diagnosed with breast cancer, to help measure the size of the cancer, look for other tumors in the breast, and to check for tumors in the opposite breast. For some women who are higher risk of developing cancer due to family history or other factors, a screening MRI is recommended along with a yearly mammogram.

Stereotactic breast biopsy

A stereotactic breast biopsy uses a needle to take a sample of abnormal breast tissue. This allows our specialists to examine an abnormality without surgery.

Breast cancer screening

According to the American Cancer Society, women who are at average risk for developing breast cancer are between 45 and 54 years old and should get a screening mammogram every year. The ACS suggests women who are 55 years old and older get a mammogram every two years or continue yearly screenings.

If you believe you are at a higher risk for developing breast cancer, talk to your doctor about earlier breast cancer screenings.

Breast self-exam

We recommend women routinely perform breast self-exams as part of their breast health strategy.