The best way to monitor your breast health
Your time is important – to you, your family and us. That’s why screening mammograms
performed at Novant Health imaging and breast centers generally take less than 30 minutes – less time
than a typical doctor’s office visit.
Screening mammography - Screening mammograms are the best way to help find breast cancer in its earliest stages, when cure rates are
highest. A screening mammogram is for women who do not have significant symptoms, such as a lump or black
(or bloody) nipple discharge. If we find a problem during your screening or if you are experiencing unusual
symptoms, we may recommend you receive a diagnostic mammogram or other breast imaging procedure to help identify the cause.
Digital mammography - All Novant Health imaging and breast centers use digital mammography – the most advanced
technology for the early detection of breast cancer. Digital mammography enables us to immediately view your
mammography images on screen, reducing the need for re-exams and the amount of time you spend in the
Digital mammography may be more accurate in screening women who are:
- Younger than age 50
- Of any age and have very dense breast tissue
- Of any age who are pre- or peri-menopausal
Some Novant Health medical centers offer breast tomosynthesis, also called 3-D mammography, which
produces a 3-dimensional image of the breast. This new technology provides better visualization that
improves cancer detection and decreases the chance of a false positive.
Here are a few things you can do to help prepare for your next mammogram:
- Let the scheduling specialist know if you have breast implants.
- Have any films from previous mammograms sent. to the breast center before your exam.
- Arrive 15 to 20 minutes before your appointment.
- Wear two-piece clothing so that you can easily remove your top and bra.
- Bring your insurance information.
- Do not wear powder or deodorant.
- Please arrange childcare for small children or ensure that an adult can supervise them during