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Kaweah Health Breast Center

Who We Are

Kaweah Health Breast Center, a division of Kaweah Health, is dedicated exclusively to comprehensive imaging services for women. It is a state-of-the-art facility that is the first of its kind in the Central Valley. We are fully accredited by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Our mammography specialists at Kaweah Health Breast Center are highly trained, experienced technologists with many years of combined experience in breast imaging.

Services Provided Include:

  • Digital screening and diagnostic mammography
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Prone stereotactic breast biopsy
  • Ultrasound guided breast biopsy
  • Pre-operative wire needle localization
  • Nursing case management
  • Breast cancer information and lending library
  • Community breast health education resources

Now offering Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exams

These exams:

  • Have been proven to detect 41% more invasive breast cancers, earlier(1). And early detection saves lives.
  • Reduce the chance that we will need to call you back for another look by up to 40%. This can help you avoid the stress, time, anxiety, and out-of-pocket costs for an unneeded follow up.
  • Are approved for all women who would be undergoing a standard mammogram regardless of age or breast type or whether you are coming in for a screening and/or diagnostic mammogram.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of 3D Mammography does the Breast Center offer?

Our Breast Center offers a Genius 3D Mammography exam. It is the only mammogram proven to find 41% more invasive cancers, earlier, while reducing the chance that you will need to be called back for additional tests by up to 40%.1-2

What makes 3D Mammography different?

It is very similar to having a conventional mammogram but it is proven to be more accurate. Like the conventional mammogram, the technologist will position you, compress your breast and take images from different angles. The difference is that the 3D exam captures multiple images or slices of the breast from several angles, creating a multi-layered breast image. Your doctor is then able to review your breast, one thin layer at a time, almost like turning pages in a book, which helps them make a more accurate diagnosis.

Why should I get it?

A 3D Mammogram is proven to produce more accurate results compared to a conventional mammogram. It is the biggest breakthrough in breast cancer detection in 30 years.

Is there any additional compression?

There's no additional compression required and it only takes a few seconds longer.

Is there any more exposure to radiation?

Very little X-ray dose is used during the exam, just about the same as a conventional digital mammogram, and lower than a traditional film mammogram. The total patient dose is well within the FDA safety standards for mammography.


If you or a loved one has questions related to general breast health and screening concerns, your question will be answered by a registered nurse within 24 business hours. Educational materials will be provided as requested. Call 624-3253 to reach the Breast Health Education Line.


Carissa Prats, RN - Breast Center Educator

Kaweah Health Breast Center at Kaweah Health Imaging Center has had an RN in the role of Breast Health Educator since its inception and is the only breast center in the Central Valley to have an RN Nurse Educator on staff.

The role of the Breast Health Educator is varied including:

  • Case managing patients with abnormal mammogram or breast ultrasound findings to insure that appropriate, timely referrals for treatment are made.
  • Participates in all breast procedures; wire localization, stereotactic and ultrasound guided biopsies and ductograms- providing consultation, education and support for each patient.
  • Providing specialized educational information to patients and the community about benign and malignant breast diseases.
  • Providing emotional support to breast cancer patients and their families.
  • Facilitates "Women’s Cancer Connection" support group.
  • Serves as a resource for patients, employees and community.
  • Provides genetic counseling and BRCA 1/ BRCA 2 testing for patients at high risk for hereditary breast cancer.
  • Developed Breast Health Help Line. Available to answer all calls received on help line.

Kaweah Health Breast Center

4949 W. Cypress Ave.
Visalia, California
(559) 624-3200 - Main Line
(559) 624-4000 - Centralized Scheduling


As a patient you have the right to choose where to go for your imaging needs. An order for a mammogram is much like a prescription to a pharmacy. You can take it where you feel most comfortable and where service is the number one priority. Exercise your right to choose and choose Kaweah Health Breast Center.

1 Friedewald SM, Rafferty EA, Rose SL, et al. Breast cancer screening using tomosynthesis in combination with digital mammography. JAMA. 2014;311(24):2499-2507 2 Rose S. Tidwell A, Bujnoch L, et al. "Implementation of Breast Tomosynthesis in a Routine Screening Practice: An Observational Study." American Journal of Roentengenology. 2013 June; 200(6):1401-1408. Epub 2013 May 22