Women's imaging and mammograms in Reston
The Women's Imaging Center at Reston Hospital Center is designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. Our women's radiology team has set a new standard in the region for advancing the early detection of breast cancer and other conditions.
To schedule a mammogram or other imaging appointment, please call (703) 689-9005.
Our Women's Imaging Center in Reston, Virginia, offers a full range of imaging services in a relaxed, spa-like environment where you are treated with respect and compassion.
Our team of breast care experts includes radiologists, women's health physicians, certified mammography technologists and other healthcare professionals who work closely with you to provide individualized care.
Benefits of choosing the Women's Imaging Center
When you choose Reston Hospital for your breast health and women's imaging services, you benefit from:
- An expert, caring staff: Our specially trained physicians, technologists and office staff share a passion for excellence and strive to make your imaging appointment a positive experience. Our dedicated breast care nurse navigators assist you through every stage of diagnosis and treatment, providing support and coordinating care with other hospital departments as needed.
- A full range of services: Unlike some imaging centers, we offer mammography, ultrasound and bone density testing—along with any required follow-up tests—all in one setting.
- Advanced technology: Our advanced clinical technology, including digital mammography and 4D ultrasound, means you get prompt and accurate results.
- Superior comfort in a peaceful setting: Our beautifully appointed waiting area includes comfortable furniture, a complimentary coffee bar and a plasma TV, as well as a children's play space and other amenities, to make sure you feel relaxed and at-home.
- Convenient scheduling: We schedule your procedure promptly at a time that works best for you, even if it's on a Saturday.
Breast imaging center
We will answer your questions and provide accurate screening results in a timely manner for you to learn your outcome promptly. If breast cancer is detected, our breast care team is with you throughout follow-up tests, treatment and recovery. Reston Hospital offers specialized cancer care, as well as support groups and other resources.
Early detection is key when it comes to breast cancer, and a screening mammogram is the best method of finding it in its early stages. The sooner the disease is diagnosed, the more likely it can be treated effectively. As women age, their risk of breast cancer increases. For that reason, we recommend a yearly mammogram for women 40 years old and older.
Three-dimensional mammography is the newest technology in the fight against breast cancer, allowing doctors to examine your breast tissue one layer at a time. It uses high-powered computing to convert digital breast images into a stack of very thin layers, or "slices".
A good analogy for 3D mammography is like thinking of the pages of a book. If you look down at the cover, you cannot see all of the pages, but when you open it up, you can go through the book page-by-page to see everything between the covers.
Very low X-ray energy is used during the screening examination, so your radiation exposure is below the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines. Using 3D mammography and digital mammography (2D mammography) together for screening has been proven to significantly reduce "call-backs" by 20 to 40 percent.
Stereotactic breast biopsy
If a mammogram shows something abnormal, a stereotactic breast biopsy is conducted by one of our radiologists using a probe that precisely targets the area to be checked. This procedure allows physicians to make a rapid, accurate and conclusive cancer diagnosis without surgery. For the patient, it causes minimal scarring and involves less trauma, pain, time and expense.
Ultrasound, also called sonography, can be used to help diagnose breast abnormalities or guide needle biopsies, which is where needles are used to collect sample cells from tissue for laboratory testing. The Women's Imaging Center offers both conventional and 4D ultrasound exams (a 4D ultrasound uses specialized computer software to generate a picture-like image).
A 4D ultrasound is also used to provide pictures of unborn babies during prenatal care appointments, starting at approximately 28 weeks of gestation. These ultrasound images can show the movement of the fetus, as well as complex bodily functions, such as blood flow and heart valve operation. A complimentary 4D exam is offered to all parents who have their diagnostic sonogram at the Women's Imaging Center.
Breast care navigators
We understand that even a mammogram can be an overwhelming experience. If your screening results are abnormal, our breast care navigators are here to walk you through your follow-up care.
They will 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, transportation and address your financial concerns.
For more information about breast care navigators, please call (703) 639-9448.
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Breast cancer services
We offer a range of advanced breast cancer-related treatments and surgeries, including:
- Sentinel node biopsy
- Stereotactic radiosurgery
- mammoSite® radiation therapy
- Outpatient infusion therapy
- Single and total mastectomy
- Prophylactic mastectomy
- Breast reconstructive surgery
Bone density screening
To diagnose osteoporosis (loss of calcium in the bones) with complete accuracy, the Women's Imaging Center uses an enhanced technology called dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA). During a DEXA scan, a patient lies on a flat table while a scanning arm moves overhead, measuring the absorption level of bone and tissue arenas. This quick, painless procedure uses less than one-tenth of the radiation amount as a standard chest X-ray.
Additional diagnostic imaging services
Patients at the Women's Imaging Center are within walking distance of other imaging services at the hospital or the Medical Imaging Center, including computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine, fluoroscopy and positron emission tomography (PET).