Your mammogram at Virginia Hospital Center can offer valuable insight into your health. Depend on our friendly staff to guide you through the process and make sure you receive fast, accurate results.
When to Get a Mammogram
Talk to your primary care provider about when you should start getting mammograms and how often. Most women:
- Get their first mammogram at age 40
- Have mammograms yearly from age 50 to 54
- Have mammograms every two years after age 55
Specialized, Digital Technology
Your doctor may recommend:
- Digital mammography – Scans breast tissue using low-dose X-rays and creates digital images on a computer your radiologist can closely analyze
- Breast tomosynthesis, also known as 3D (three-dimensional) mammography – Creates 3D images of the breast tissue through low-dose X-rays
Select an organization that’s prioritized offering you the benefits of the most advanced technology available. As the first hospital in the Washington D.C.-area to offer digital and 3D mammography, you can expect our knowledgeable team to have the expertise to deliver accurate results quickly.
What to Expect
Your mammogram will take about 20 minutes. At your appointment, plan to undress above the waist and put on a gown.
A Virginia Hospital Center technician will place your breast between two plates of the mammogram machine. One plate takes images of the breast while the other holds the breast in place so the images are as clear as possible. Tell your technician if you feel discomfort or pain.
Screening Mammogram Results
A screening mammogram looks for signs of a problem before you have symptoms. Expect your results within one work day of your mammogram. Your referring provider will also receive the results in the mail within 24 hours.
Diagnostic Mammogram Results
If your doctor refers you for a mammogram at the Women’s Imaging Center (NEED LINK) at Virginia Hospital Center’s due to signs of a potential breast problem, you’ll receive a comprehensive mammogram as quickly as possible. A knowledgeable radiologist will review the results right away. If needed, you’ll receive any follow-up diagnostic tests during the same appointment, for your convenience and peace of mind.
Based on your results, your family or personal history and other factors, your doctor may recommend additional tests, such as a breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan.