Mammography Technologist Sheri Holt standing in front of a mammography machine.

Department: Diagnostic Imaging

New Mammography Screening Recommendations

Effective 4/30/2024: The U.S. Preventive Task Force recommends that all women get screened for breast cancer every other year, starting at age 40 and continuing through age 74.

To schedule your mammogram, call 360.299.1315, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., or visit the myIslandHealth patient portal to schedule now.

Mammography Chose Me

What do you enjoy most about being a mammography technologist?
What I enjoy most about being a mammography technologist is the relationships I’ve developed with my patients over the years.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of being a mammography technician is gaining the respect of my patients and the role I can play in being their first advocate in what could be a major life-changing event.

Why did you become a mammography technologist?
I did not choose mammography, it chose me. I set out for a fast-paced, trauma-driven career but I   didn’t get far. I was approached by my supervisor and asked if I wanted to learn mammography. It became a love that fell into my lap.

Why do you like working at Island Health?
Island Health brings a small, hometown feel with the advantages of state-of-the-art technology. The interactions our Diagnostic Imaging department has between staff and patients is personal and respectful, with fun and humor sprinkled in, helping to ease the anxiety that might be underlying in our patients. Our mammography staff see a lot of different emotions every day and without fail, our technologists bring a sense of ease and enjoyment to our patients. We hear about their children, family and personal milestones. And when a patient says, as they are walking out the door, “This was the most enjoyable mammogram I have ever had,” that puts a warmness on my heart and makes me feel proud to work with a great team of technicians.

What do you want women to know about mammograms?
Mammography saves lives by allowing a chance to find a cancer at its earliest, most curable stage. Don’t be alarmed if you get a call back for additional imaging. The more detailed imaging shows a specific area more clearly, and most times you go back to routine screenings, which should be continued annually.

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