Fairfax Radiological Consultants

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Diagnostic Mammography

What is a Diagnostic Mammogram?

A Mammogram is an X-ray picture of the inner structures of the breast taken to detect breast cancer. A Diagnostic Mammogram may be performed if you or your physician has identified signs or symptoms, including lumps, discharge or other changes to your breasts that need further evaluation. A Diagnostic Mammogram may also be performed if you have a history of breast cancer, prior high-risk biopsy result or for short-term follow-up of a previous finding. 

During a Diagnostic Mammogram, special views of the breast may be obtained, depending on the finding, and an Ultrasound may be performed. Utilizing the latest technology, Fairfax Radiology offers the highest quality digital imaging process, providing you and your physician a convenient and complete breast imaging experience—as well as peace of mind.

You will get the results of the Mammogram before you leave the office.

Common Questions

  • Why would my physician recommend a Diagnostic Mammogram?

    If you have a current breast symptom, such as a lump or thickening; have had a recent Biopsy; need a short-term follow up from a prior Mammogram or other test; have a personal history of breast cancer; or have had a prior high-risk biopsy result, your physician may refer you for a Diagnostic Mammogram.

  • What should I expect during a Diagnostic Mammogram?

    If this is your first Mammogram, you may not be sure what to expect. Not to worry, we are here to guide you every step of the way. Do not wear any deodorant, perfume or powder on the day of your Mammogram, as it may show up on the Mammogram image. Before your Mammogram, we will ask you to undress above the waist and will provide a gown that opens in the front. The Technologist will position your breast in the machine in the proper position. At least two views of each breast will be taken: from the top and angled from the side. Depending on the reason for the exam, specialized extra images might be needed. The Radiologist will then evaluate the images, possibly request additional images and do an Ultrasound, if needed.

  • Why would I need additional views?

    Some Mammogram findings may occasionally require additional views, such as spot compression, magnification or Breast Ultrasound. If this happens to you, there is no reason to be alarmed. This is very common and these additional images can be obtained at the time of the Diagnostic Mammogram so you do not have to make a return trip.

  • What is Digital Mammography with CAD?

    At Fairfax Radiology, Digital Mammography with Computer Aided Detection (CAD) is our primary imaging technique. Computer Aided Detection is used as an interpretive aid during the image review process. The CAD software analyzes the image and identifies areas of interest that the Radiologist will evaluate before issuing a final report.

  • Is a Diagnostic Mammogram covered by insurance?

    Most insurance plans cover the cost of Screening Mammograms without copayments or deductibles, but Diagnostic Mammograms may only be covered in part. Be sure to contact your health insurance company for confirmation of the cost and coverage.

  • How do I schedule a Diagnostic Mammogram with Fairfax Radiology?

    Contact our Scheduling Department for an appointment:

    Phone: 703.698.4488 Monday through Friday 8am to 6pm

    Fax: 703.698.0864

    Or click here to self schedule your next mammogram

    Please have your written physician order and your insurance card in hand when making your appointment.

  • When are appointments offered for Diagnostic Mammograms?

    For your convenience, appointments are available mornings, afternoons and weekends at the locations listed below. Learn more about each location.

  • Can I bring my children to my imaging appointment?

    All imaging procedures require that only the patient remain in the room during the exam. Because the patient requires our full attention, we cannot provide supervision for any accompanying children. If you wish to bring your children, you must arrange for another adult to supervise your children during your procedure. Families of Obstetrical patients will be allowed in the room for a limited period of time, but only when an adult accompanies the minor children.

Ellie S. Kwak, M.D.

Ellie S. Kwak, M.D.

Joined Practice:
Breast Imaging
Ultrasound
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Ellie S. Kwak, M.D.

Joined Practice:
Breast Imaging
Ultrasound
Medical School

Tufts University School of Medicine
Completed 2012

Internship

Steward Carney Hospital
Completed 2013

Residency

Columbia University
Completed 2017

Fellowship

Brigham and Women's Hospital
Breast Imaging
Completed 2018

Board Certification

American Board of Radiology
2013

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Radiological Society of North America
New York Roentgen Ray Society
Society of Breast Imaging
American Roentgen Ray Society

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Available at the following locations

Fairfax Radiology Breast Center of Fairfax

Fairfax Radiology Breast Center of Fairfax

8260 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive
Suite 200
Fairfax, VA 22031
United States

Tel
703.698.4455
Fax
703.205.9884
Fairfax Radiology Breast Center of Loudoun

Fairfax Radiology Breast Center of Loudoun

Peterson Family Breast Center

19465 Deerfield Avenue
Suite 105
Lansdowne, VA 20176

Tel
703.788.8426
Fax
571.382.6587
Fairfax Radiology Breast Center of Reston-Herndon

Fairfax Radiology Breast Center of Reston-Herndon

106 Elden Street
Suite 16
Herndon, VA 20170
United States

Tel
703.481.3939
Fax
703.796.1103
Fairfax Radiology Center at Heritage / Radiology Imaging Associates

Fairfax Radiology Center at Heritage / Radiology Imaging Associates

8926 Woodyard Road
Suites 301, 401 & 502
Clinton, MD 20735
United States

Tel
301.856.3670
Fax
301.868.0129
Fairfax Radiology Center at Patuxent / Radiology Imaging Associates

Fairfax Radiology Center at Patuxent / Radiology Imaging Associates

230 W. Dares Beach Road
Suites 100 & 106
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
United States

Tel
301.855.9754
Fax
301.855.1367
Fairfax Radiology Center at Pembrooke / Radiology Imaging Associates

Fairfax Radiology Center at Pembrooke / Radiology Imaging Associates

11335 Pembrooke Square Medical Center
Suites 101, 104, 114 & 116
Waldorf, MD 20603
United States

Tel
301.870.8434
Fax
301.870.5327
Fairfax Radiology Center of Centreville

Fairfax Radiology Center of Centreville

6211 Centreville Road
Suite 400
Centreville, VA 20121
United States

Tel
703.204.4411
Fax
703.961.8318
Fairfax Radiology Center of Sterling

Fairfax Radiology Center of Sterling

4 Pidgeon Hill Drive
Sterling, VA 20165
United States

Tel
703.450.5800
Fax
703.450.0495