Fairfax Radiological Consultants

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703.698.4488

Screening Mammography

What is a Screening Mammogram?

A Mammogram is an X-ray picture of the inner structures of the breast taken to detect breast cancer. A Screening Mammogram is a Mammogram performed when you have no breast symptoms and is used to "screen" for an unsuspected abnormality. 

During a Screening Mammogram, at least two views are obtained of each breast using very low X-ray exposure. 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.

Common Questions

  • Why would my physician recommend a Screening Mammogram?

    Screening Mammograms are recommended annually for women beginning at the age of 40. A Mammogram may be recommended for women under 40 if they have a history of breast cancer in their family or are at risk for developing it. Screening Mammograms allow women to discover breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat.

  • What should I expect during a Screening 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 positions. An upper plate will come down on your breast to compress and even out the tissue while images are taken. You may feel some discomfort with the compression, but this only takes a few seconds. At least two views of each breast will be taken: from the top and the side. However, additional views are sometimes needed after the Radiologist has interpreted the exam.

  • Why would I need additional views?

    Inconclusive results may occasionally require a patient to return for additional views, or special techniques such as magnification. If this happens to you, there is no reason to be alarmed. This is very common and our breast imaging staff is here to assist you in scheduling a convenient appointment as quickly as possible. If you need to return for an additional evaluation of a finding from your Screening Mammogram, you will be given the results of the extra views before you leave the office.

  • 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 Screening Mammogram covered by insurance?

    Most insurance plans cover the cost of Screening Mammograms without copayments or deductibles, but be sure to contact your health insurance company for confirmation of the cost and coverage.

  • How do I schedule a Screening 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 make an appointment request

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

  • When are appointments offered for Screening Mammograms?

    For your convenience, appointments are available mornings, afternoons, evenings and weekends at the locations listed below. Click on the link for hours and information about each location.

Available at the following locations

Breast Diagnostic Center

Breast Diagnostic Center

8318 Arlington Boulevard
Suite 200
Fairfax, VA 22031
United States

Tel
703.698.4455
Fax
703.205.9884
Centreville-Clifton Imaging Center

Centreville-Clifton Imaging Center

6211 Centreville Road
Suite 400
Centreville, VA 20121
United States

Tel
703.204.4411
Fax
703.961.8318
Fair Oaks Center

Fair Oaks Center

3650 Joseph Siewick Drive
Suite 400
Fairfax, VA 22033
United States

Tel
703.698.4472
Fax
703.758.1084
Fairfax Diagnostic Imaging Center

Fairfax Diagnostic Imaging Center

3801 University Drive
Suite 120 (CT, Ultrasound)
Suite 130 (DXA, Mammo, X-Ray)
Fairfax, VA 22030

Tel
703.698.4467
Fax
703.788.8422
Reston-Herndon Breast Imaging Center

Reston-Herndon Breast Imaging Center

106 Elden Street
Suite 16
Herndon, VA 20170
United States

Tel
703.481.3939
Fax
703.796.1103
Springfield Imaging Center

Springfield Imaging Center

5510 Alma Lane
Suite 100
Springfield, VA 22151
United States

Tel
703.698.4485
Fax
703.750.0302
Vienna Imaging Center

Vienna Imaging Center

115 Park Street SE
Suite 203
Vienna, VA 22180
United States

Tel
703.698.4456
Fax
703.242.4474