Breast Imaging Preparation and Exams


  • 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.

Breast Biopsy

A safe, simple needle biopsy that requires only local anesthesia can be performed as an outpatient to obtain a sample of breast tissue for laboratory diagnostics. This biopsy can be performed using stereotactic, (x-ray), sonography or MRI imaging guidance.

There are several things you can do to prepare for your procedure.

  • A light meal is recommended on the day of the procedure, but do not eat within four hours prior to the procedure. You are encouraged to drink plenty of liquids up until one hour before the procedure.
  • If you take blood thinners (Heparin, Coumadin, Persantine, Plavix, etc.) aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (such as Advil, Motrin, Aleve, Naproxen Sodium (Naprosyn), Ibuprofen, etc.,) please let us know at time of scheduling. These medications interfere with blood clotting and may increase the chance of significant bruising. Our radiologist may want to check with your physician about these medications before the procedure.
  • Your other regular medications should be taken as prescribed. You may take Tylenol.
  • If you are taking blood pressure medication, make sure you take your prescription the day of your procedure.
  • Wear a comfortable, two piece outfit.
  • Do not use deodorant, powder, perfume, or any lotions on or near your breast on the day of the biopsy. These items can interfere with the interpretation of the images.
  • Your most recent mammogram must be provided to us at least 24 hours in advance.
  • A biopsy is considered to be minor surgical procedure. Please make arrangements for someone to drive you home after the procedure.

Other Breast Scans



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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