Mammograms can save lives
Women should begin getting annual screening mammograms by age 40, even when no symptoms of breast cancer are present. A mammogram can produce 2D or 3D images. These images can help your care team screen for breast cancer or make a diagnosis after an initial screening.
We offer screening and diagnostic mammograms, for different purposes:
- Screening mammograms are for women who have no symptoms of a breast condition. The images can show small tumors up to two years before you or your doctor can feel them during a breast exam.
- Your healthcare provider may recommend a diagnostic mammograms if your provider notices a change in your breast tissue based on a screening mammogram, or if you have had a previous breast cancer diagnosis. A diagnostic mammogram can show detail of smaller areas, different angles of breast tissue or other variations.
- 3-D mammography, also known as breast tomosynthesis, is a newer technology that offers the highest level of detail, for detection even sooner. These images allow the physician to see thin sections of the entire breast. This technology is used for screening or diagnosis and may reduce the need for biopsies. The breast compression process used for traditional and 3D images is the same. The 3D images take only a few extra minutes.
For your safety, talk with your healthcare provider
Tell your physician or the technologist performing the exam if there is a chance that you are pregnant. Your doctor may postpone the exam to reduce the possible risk of exposing your baby to radiation.
Our experts are working to protect your health
At Novant Health Imaging, our skilled technologists have advanced training in breast imaging and are certified in mammography. Our programs have accreditation from the American College of Radiology.
Grants can help you pay for a mammogram
Typically, your insurance company will pay for mammograms as screenings to prevent illness. If you do not have insurance and cannot afford a mammogram, you may qualify for grants. Our programs to provide breast screening for community members who are uninsured are available through a collaboration with Novant Health breast health services, Novant Health Foundation and individual and corporate donors.