Community Involvement

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Every month of October since 1985 has been known as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.


Over the course of this month, many organizations and individuals will come together to spread knowledge and awareness of breast cancer prevention, detection, and treatment, as well as provide support to those who have been affected by breast cancer and to celebrate the tenacity and resilience of breast cancer survivors.

Because of the relatively common occurrence of breast cancer, many people have a personal connection to its effects through a diagnosis of a friend, a family member, or themselves. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), breast cancer is the most common cancer found in women of all races and ethnicities.

Over 230,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer per year, and the vast majority of them are women.

There are several steps one can take to minimize the risk of a breast cancer diagnosis, including regular exercise, a balanced and healthy diet, and avoiding exposure to radiation or carcinogenic chemicals such as smoking.
Perhaps even more important to reducing the potential impact of breast cancer, however, is getting screened for it regularly.

Schedule a Screening

Call Central Oregon Radiology at 541-382-9383

The United States Preventative Services Task Force recommends that any woman over 40 ask a doctor about breast cancer screenings, and that women between 50 and 74 undergo a mammogram or breast MRI once every two years at minimum.


Early detection of breast cancer can be life-saving, as catching the disease earlier reduces the severity of treatments and increases survival rates, as well as the chances of it spreading to other parts of the body.

According to the American Cancer Society, those who detect breast cancer in its early stages have a near 100% survival rate, as well as a 50 to 75 percent higher rate of survival than those who detect it later.


CORA offers breast screening services including 3D digital mammography and breast MRI, as well as a full complement of imaging services specifically for women’s health.

The 3D digital mammogram, also known as a digital breast tomosynthesis, is a revolutionary new tool that reduces false positive tests by up to 40% as well as increasing the amount of invasive cancers detected by 41%. Making an appointment with the fellowship-trained physicians and technicians at CORA is easy and fast, and same-day appointments are often available.

About Screening Mammography Guidelines

Central Oregon Radiology Associates (CORA) recognizes that there are conflicting guidelines for screening mammography and that these conflicts can be a source of confusion for patients and providers alike.

Central Oregon Radiology Associates seeks to provide quality, evidence-based information for clinicians and patients in the Central Oregon region. With this in mind, Central Oregon Radiology Associates offers the following clarification and position regarding screening mammography recommendations:
Mammography remains the best tool available to screen for breast cancer. It has helped reduce the breast cancer death rate in the United States by 30 percent. Currently, insurance coverage for annual screening mammograms beginning at age 40 is mandated.

Central Oregon Radiology Associates continues to follow and support the American College of Radiology (ACR) guidelines that recommend women aged 40-80 have yearly mammograms. These guidelines are also supported by the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI), American Society of Breast Disease (ASBD), and the American College of Obstetrician and Gynecologists (ACOG).

Recently, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has made screening recommendations for average risk women, i.e. women with no significant risk factors and/or a calculated lifetime risk of developing breast cancer of 12% or less. For these average risk women, and after a discussion with their doctors, the ACS allows that annual screening mammography can begin at age 45, and bi-annual mammography might be considered after the age of 55, again after a risk evaluation and discussion with a clinician. However, the ACS also states that if a woman desires, she should have access to annual mammograms beginning at 40.

The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) also has made screening recommendations which are controversial and which could limit access to screening mammography as insurance companies are allowed to provide coverage based on USPSTF recommendations. The USPSTF recommends screening mammography starting at age 50 and continuing through age 74, and only on an every-other-year basis.

Through the end of December 2017, there is a two-year moratorium on the USPSTF’s recommendations thanks to the bi-partisan Protecting Access to Lifesaving Screenings (PALS) Act, allowing women access to annual screening mammograms beginning at 40.
At CORA, we want be an integral part of developing a screening plan based on a woman’s risk and needs by providing a risk assessment at the time of a her mammogram. We are also working for continued access to potentially life-saving screening, to help ensure the health and wellbeing of our valued patients.

Please contact us at CORA with any questions when making breast health decisions.


Cloe Shelton, MD
Medical Director, Women’s Imaging
Central Oregon Radiology Associates

Mirror Pond in Bend, Oregon

Proud to be an Important Part of Our Community

CORA is proud to be a part of many of the Bend’s events.
Just to name a few, we are a part of…
  • Jazz at the Oxford
  • Relay For Life of Bend, Oregon
  • Hutch’s Bicycles/Bend Dental Cycling
  • Central Oregon Council on Aging
  • The Tower Theatre Foundation
  • -and many more…
There are more events coming up this year.

Sir Godfrey Hounsfield, Inventor of Computed Tomography

This week we’re recognizing electrical engineer, and x-ray computed tomography (CT scan) inventor, Sir Godfrey Hounsfield. Hounsfield helped design the first commercially available all-transistor computer made in Great Britain: the EMIDEC 1100 in 1958. Hounsfield invented what is now known as a CT scan machine (x-ray computed tomography) and successfully scanned a live patient in 1971. Hounsfield’s name is also immortalized by the Hounsfield scale, which is a measure of radiodensity used in evaluating CT scans. (source