Take charge of your breast health
Mammograms are one of the best ways to find the early stages of breast cancer. It can reveal small tumors up to two years before you or your doctor can feel them. These scans also catch images of tiny calcifications that are often non-cancerous, but if they form clusters, could become cancerous. These micro-calcifications cannot be viewed by an ultrasound and may be missed by a breast MRI. This is why mammograms saves lives--it could save yours.
Women should have their first mammogram by age 40, and then on a yearly basis. If you have a family history of breast cancer, your doctor may suggest having a mammogram sooner and more often. That’s why we offer convenient locations across North Carolina and Virginia.
We take our commitment to your breast health a step further by coming to you through our mobile mammography program. Convenience also means that we provide extended hours in the evenings and on Saturdays, as well as same-day or next-day appointments. At some locations walk-ins are accepted.
Our board-certified team uses the latest mammography technology and standards for the best possible accuracy. Novant Health breast centers are accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
– These simple screenings are brief, between 20 – 30 minutes, two images per breast. Women’s breasts are unique with varying shapes, sizes, amounts of fatty tissue, milk glands and milk ducts, and non-cancerous lumps. A baseline mammogram is a woman's first breast screening. It gives doctors something to compare future mammograms against to determine if there are any changes or suspicious findings. Screening mammograms are typically for women who do not have any symptoms or are at a low risk for breast cancer.
– This mammogram is usually ordered after a radiologist identifies changes from a baseline mammogram or sees something suspicious or abnormal. These mammograms take longer than a regular screening since more images are necessary from additional angles.
– (a.k.a tomosynthesis) Recommended for women with dense breasts or with a family history of breast cancer. Images are taken at the same time as a regular mammogram with the same system. The X-ray arm sweeps in an arc over your breast while taking multiple images in one millimeter slices. It provides a higher accuracy rate.