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Digital Mammography

A mammogram uses low-dose X-rays to capture a picture of breast tissue to screen for breast cancer, identify changes in the breast tissue before a lump can be felt and find a lump's location before a biopsy or surgery. The Women’s Imaging Center at Reston Hospital Center also offers digital mammography—for the highest degree of clarity and accuracy.

Nationally Recognized for Excellence in Breast Care

The Women's Imaging Center at Reston Hospital has been recognized by the American College of Radiology (ACR) as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. This prestigious accreditation identifies our breast care team as meeting rigorous national standards for excellence in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy and breast ultrasound–evidence of our commitment to outstanding breast care.

How You Benefit from Digital Mammography

Digital mammograms offer several advantages over traditional mammograms, including:

  • Quicker exams (as little as half the time of film images) with real-time images that can be displayed in seconds
  • Lower radiation doses
  • Better image quality for younger women and those with dense breast tissue; improved imagery near the skin line and chest wall
  • The ability for physicians to manipulate images with our computer-aided diagnosis system for better views, reducing the need to call you back for additional images
  • If a second opinion is needed, the physician can share images instantaneously with a consulting physician to ensure the most accurate diagnosis

A board-certified radiologist who specializes in breast imaging will analyze the images and report the results to your physician. We offer breast imaging and biopsy when a mammogram detects abnormal tissue and your doctor recommends further analysis.

Breast Care Navigators

We understand that even a screening mammogram can be an overwhelming experience. If your screening results are abnormal, our breast care navigators are here to walk you through follow-up care required. They’ll help you manage and coordinate doctor’s office visits, diagnostic tests and the exchange of information between our team of specialists and your primary care physician. They can also help you access clinical trials, breast cancer education and transportation and address your financial concerns.

Working as a team, our navigators will support you with your breast care from diagnosis through treatment. For more information on our breast care navigators, call the Women’s Imaging Center at 703.639.WI4U (9448).

What to Expect

The day of your mammogram, we ask that you use no deodorant, perfumes, lotions or powders on your underarms or breasts. You’ll be asked to undress from the waist up, so we suggest wearing a two-piece outfit for your convenience. Otherwise, there’s no special preparation for a routine mammography, which usually takes less than 30 minutes.

Your mammogram is reviewed the same day by a physician specially trained in breast imaging. Typically, about 10 percent of women who have a screening mammogram are asked to return for additional views or testing. If additional views are needed, our staff will call you to arrange a convenient time for you to return. During your return visit, a physician will review your results with you and discuss any further recommendations.

Find a Breast Lump or Recently Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

If you suspect you have a breast lump or if you’ve been recently diagnosed with breast cancer, our breast care specialists and breast care navigators are here to help you and your family with follow-up breast care.

Get more information about mammography, including what to expect and when to call your doctor, at our online Health Library.