Mammography & Breast Imaging in the D.C. Metro Area

Radiology Imaging Associates is currently offering Lower Dose 3D Mammography (Tomosynthesis) at all of our locations throughout Virginia and Maryland

What is a Screening Mammogram?

Screening mammograms are for patients with no symptoms or current concerns and are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health. Women with an immediate family member with breast cancer, should consider beginning screening 10 years prior to that relative’s age at the time of diagnosis but no earlier than age 25 and having their breast cancer risk assessed. Women under 40, who are at higher risk, should discuss with their healthcare provider if they need to start mammograms at an earlier age and/or more frequently. Other imaging studies such as MRI and Ultrasound may also be recommended. Many times, screenings are treated as preventative exams and covered at a 100% by insurance.

What is a Diagnostic Mammogram?

Diagnostic mammograms are needed for anyone experiencing symptoms related to their breasts (e.g., lump, nipple discharge, skin dimpling or changes). Patients with significant risk factors or a diagnosis of breast cancer within the last three years should also have a diagnostic mammogram. Usually these diagnostic exams are treated differently by Insurance companies and often deductibles, co-pays and coinsurance’s may be applicable. Please check with your insurance provider for specific coverage information.  During a diagnostic mammogram the radiologist will interpret and provide you your results the same day.


3D Mammography

A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray used to detect and evaluate changes in the breast often before the patient has any symptoms. All of RIA’s private women’s imaging suites, offer Lower Dose 3D Mammography with Computer-aided Detection (CAD) technology as our standard of care.

With low dose 3D tomosynthesis, the radiologist can see breast tissue detail in a way never before possible. Fine details are more clearly visible, no longer hidden by the tissue above and below.

3D Mammography

 


Preparing for Your Mammogram

On the day of your exam do not apply underarm deodorant, powder or lotion from the waist to the neck, underarms or around the breasts. If you must use powder, deodorant or lotions, please let us know before the exam so that we may provide you with wipes to remove it. Please try to wear a two-piece outfit for your ease of changing and comfort.

If you have had prior mammograms at another institution, you must bring them with you or have them mailed to us one week prior to your appointment. These will be utilized for comparison to your new exam. Your mammogram will be performed by a mammography-certified, female technologist, under the direct supervision of one of our board-certified radiologists. The entire appointment usually takes less than 30 minutes.

Locations Offering 3D Mammography

All RIA offices offer the latest Lower Dose 3D Mammography.

RIA is pleased to be offering WALK IN Lower Dose 3D Screening Mammography at these locations Monday- Friday, 9am-4pm. A doctor’s order for a screening mammogram is required.

 

How do I make an Appointment?

Please have your physician’s order and insurance card if applicable in hand, and call (877) 504-9729 or click on this link to request an appointment

 

COVID-19 Update

The Governors of Maryland and Virginia have closed all non-essential businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Radiology centers have been classified as essential services. 

The health, well-being, and safety of our patients and staff is our top priority. We are committed to helping stop the spread of COVID-19. We have taken steps to continue providing only critical service required to meet the needs of the community.  After very careful consideration we have decided to reschedule all non-urgent imaging appointments as well as consolidate our services by adjusting hours and center openings. To protect everyone, we are closely following the guidance of local, national and global health authorities – including the CDC – in addressing current challenges. As circumstances continue to change, we will keep you informed.

As the situation continues to develop in our community, we want to maintain our ability to provide quality service while safeguarding the health and safety of our patients and staff. We realize these are tenuous times and we are actively monitoring the ongoing situation and following the latest available CDC guidelines. In an effort to limit the risk of exposure for our patients and our employees who may be in high-risk categories, we are asking that you:

Please do not go to a Fairfax Radiology Center/Radiology Imaging Associates location if ANY of the following apply:

    1. You have cough, fever, or shortness of breath
    2. You have traveled by airplane or to New York City in the past 14 days or less
    3. You have had contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who is undergoing a test (results pending) for COVID-19.

Instead, please contact your physician for instructions. Patients may call to reschedule their appointment once they are symptom and fever-free for a minimum of 24 hours without the use of medication.

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