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Marcia Ray Breast Center

Welcome to the Marcia Ray Breast Center

The Marcia Ray Breast Center at Glendale Memorial Hospital is a full-service breast care facility offering high quality screening and diagnostic services to help detect breast cancer at its earliest stages. The Breast Center's staff of highly trained and licensed technologists provides more than 12,000 exams per year.


We're a designated Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology and a State of California Cancer Detection Program and Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program participant. As such we offer:

  • Screening and diagnostic digital mammography
  • Computer-aided detection
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Ultrasound guided cyst aspiration
  • Minimally-invasive biopsy procedures by ultrasound, stereotactic or MRI guidance
  • Osteoporosis screening
  • Breast cancer support groups
  • Breast health resources

The Marcia Ray Breast Center has been designated as a Breast Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. This means our accredited programs, including mammography, breast ultrasounds, and stereotactic breast biopsy, offer the highest quality standards to diagnose breast cancer.

For more information, we invite you to download our brochure.


Marcia Ray Breast Center Hours:
Call (818) 502-2323 to make an appointment.

Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

2nd Saturday of every month
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

222 W. Eulalia Street, off of South Brand Boulevard, in Glendale.
Parking is in the Glendale Memorial Hospital main parking structure accessible from Eulalia or Laurel streets. Please keep in mind that we do not validate.

Mammography is a safe low-dose X-ray picture of the breast that is used to screen for cancer. The Marcia Ray Breast Center is equipped with two Hologic Selenia digital mammography systems. There are two kinds of mammography exams: screening and diagnostic.

  • Screening mammography: Mammography screening is the routine practice of breast evaluation in women who have no apparent symptoms of breast cancer. The purpose of this exam is to detect breast cancer at early stages of development, resulting in more treatment options. Most women should start their annual mammography screening at the age of 40. However, because risk factors vary from woman to woman, the exact frequency of screenings should be determined on an individual basis by the woman and her physician.
  • Diagnostic mammography: Diagnostic mammography is performed if the patient has a symptom in the breast or if a screening mammogram identifies an area of abnormality or change from prior years.

Breast ultrasound:
Ultrasound is an imaging method often used along with mammography. High-frequency sound waves are transmitted through the part of the breast to be studied. The sound wave echoes are picked up and displayed on a monitor. The radiologist can then study the image to determine whether a suspicious mass or lesion is cystic or solid in nature. This will help the doctor decide whether additional tests are necessary.

Breast biopsy:
A breast biopsy may be indicated when the mammogram and/or ultrasound study shows evidence of a suspicious abnormality. During the biopsy, a needle is used to extract samples from the area of concern within the breast. The radiologist will use either ultrasound or stereotactic guidance to assure that the needle is reaching the correct area.

Ultrasound-guided biopsy:
Ultrasound-guided biopsies are performed by a board certified radiologist assisted by an ultrasound technologist and takes approximately 45-60 minutes. Patients lie on their back on a table with their arm behind their head. A radiologist will use ultrasound to locate the mass or cyst to be biopsied. A hollow needle is used to remove samples from the abnormal area. These samples will then be sent to Pathology for analysis.

After this procedure, the patient is asked to refrain from strenuous activity for two days. No sutures are needed; the area the needle was inserted is simply covered with a bandage.

Stereotactic biopsy:
Stereotactic biopsies are also performed by a board certified radiologist assisted by a mammography technologist. When a stereotactic biopsy is performed, the patients lie on their stomach on a table in the procedure room. The breast hangs through an opening in the table and is held securely by a compression plate. X-rays are taken to determine the area of abnormality and a hollow needle is used to remove samples that will be sent to Pathology for analysis.

After this procedure, the patient is asked to refrain from strenuous activity for two days. No sutures are needed; the area the needle was inserted is simply covered with a bandage.

Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and MIR-Guided Breast Biopsy:
MRI is the latest development and an important advancement in diagnosing breast cancer. It can be used to streamline the diagnosis process and, in some cases, makes it possible to biopsy suspicious tissue and would otherwise have been very difficult to target.

Bone Density (DEXA) Scan:
Osteoporosis testing is now available at the Breast Center as part of a regular health assessment. As women age, their risk factors for osteoporosis also increase. A bone density scan (DEXA scan) is a low-dose X-ray that checks for signs of mineral loss and bone thinning. This is a simple, painless and non-invasive procedure which takes approximately 15 minutes. Once the exam is completed, a computerized printout of the results and recommendations will be given to your healthcare provider.


Breast Cancer Support Group
Support services are available through our monthly Breast Cancer Support Group. Participants include a special group of people who have had breast cancer and can help answer questions and ease your mind about what lies ahead. The support group meets on the second Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

For more information on Breast Center services, please call (818) 502-2323.
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1420 South Central Ave
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