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Mammograms/Screening

Do you need a mammogram? Make an appointment now.

  • Expert Care: Our radiologists are dedicated breast experts. They focus solely on breast imaging.
  • Prompt Treatment: You’ll get an appointment with a breast surgeon in less than one week if you’re just been diagnosed with breast cancer.

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.
Learn more about screening mammograms at UVA.

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.
Find out more about diagnostic mammograms at UVA.

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.

Screening Is Key

Brandi Nicholson, MD, a breast imaging radiologist at UVA, talks about the importance of screening for breast cancer.

Listen now.

Tomosynthesis in the News

UVA's Dr. Carrie Rochman explains what tomosynthesis means for women and breast health.

Listen here.

Breast Density

UVA researchers hope to increase the ability to predict a woman's risk for breast cancer based on her breast density.

These personalized recommendations could change the way breast cancer screenings are performed.

We hope to have the breast density risk model built within several years. It will be tested nationally and then available for widespread use within six years.

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