Breast Cancer Screening
Our radiologists are dedicated breast experts. They focus solely on breast imaging. There are two types of mammograms: screening mammograms and diagnostic mammograms.
What’s a Screening Mammogram?
Screening mammograms are X-rays of the breast for women who don’t have any symptoms. We recommend annual screening mammograms for women 40 and over and for younger women with risk factors for breast cancer.
What’s a Diagnostic Mammogram?
You’ll get a referral from your doctor for a diagnostic mammogram if a mass or other sign or symptom is found during a self exam or by your doctor. You'll also get a referral if a possible abnormality is found on your screening mammogram.
Remember: Most abnormal mammograms or lumps aren’t cancerous. But if something is found, we have treatment options, clinical trials and support services for you.
Digital Mammography, Tomosynthesis and Breast Ultrasound
Your options at UVA include digital mammography, where the X-ray is recorded into a computer instead of on film. We also offer tomosynthesis (3D mammography) and breast ultrasound.
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