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Women's Suite

Mammography

Breast Cancer RibbonHCA Virginia Outpatient Imaging recommends annual screening mammography for women age 40 or older who have no signs or symptoms suggestive of breast cancer.  We also recommend screening mammography starting at age 35 for women with a significant family history (two first-degree relatives with breast cancer, particularly if the breast cancer was diagnosed before menopause or involved both breasts).

Please note that if you are having a breast-related problem, you should request a diagnostic mammogram. Do not schedule a screening mammogram, as this may delay our ability to address your specific concern.

HCA Virginia Outpatient Imaging is set up with a separate dressing and imaging area for ladies only. This exclusive suite includes comfortable furniture, private dressing rooms and access to the Mammography, Ultrasound, Breast MRI, and Bone Density suite (Bone Density available at Chesterfield only).  For your comfort you will be provided a spa-like gown rather than the traditional cold, thin hospital gown.  After your exam, we hope that you will indulge in a cup of gourmet coffee or herbal tea.

Mammogram Party

You can turn your annual screening mammogram into a party with your friends!  We would love to set aside a special time for you and some of your friends to have exclusive access to our Women’s Suite for a “Mammo Party” where you can enjoy music and snacks with your mammogram.  If you are interested in setting up a “Mammo Party” at one of our four imaging centers, please contact the center administrator at your facility of choice.

Screening Mammogram FAQ’s

What’s the difference between a screening mammogram and a diagnostic mammogram?

A screening mammogram consists of two routine views of each breast which are performed on women without any symptoms. The American Cancer Society recommends women 40 years and older have a screening mammogram done annually. A physician order is not required for a screening mammogram.

If a woman has an abnormal screening mammogram or clinical breast exam, a more extensive diagnostic mammogram should be performed. This consists of special views targeting any area of concern. Consult your physician to determine if a diagnostic mammogram is needed.

How long does a screening mammogram take?

With life’s busy schedule it’s tough to find time to take care of yourself. Fortunately, getting a screening mammogram is quick and simple. Our Outpatient Imaging Centers work very hard to ensure this process is as easy as possible. Understanding the value of your time, we offer several important timesaving options:

A screening mammogram only takes a few minutes and results are typically provided within 3-5 days.

Is a screening mammogram painful?

Mammogram may be uncomfortable for some women but are usually much less painful than anticipated. Our technologists understand this and take the time to relieve any anxiety and ensure that you are at ease. Additionally, our Outpatient Imaging Centers utilize a special, individual, pad that helps reduce any discomfort that you may feel. If you have never had a mammogram, feel free to call and speak with a technologist about any concerns that you may have.

What do I do if my screening mammogram is abnormal?

At our Outpatient Imaging Centers we have a team of qualified and compassionate individuals who will assist you through the entire process. Our Breast Care Network (BCN) professionals will discuss the radiologist recommendations with you, schedule any follow-up appointment necessary, communicate the results with your referring physician, and alleviate any concerns that you may have along the way.

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