Lower Dose 3D Mammography (Breast Tomosynthesis)

RIA is pleased to be offering WALK IN Lower Dose 3D SCREENING  mammography at the Sterling (VA) and Clinton (MD) offices.

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With 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.

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Why is a 3D mammogram better?

Earlier and easier detection – With conventional 2D mammography the radiologist is viewing the breast tissue in a flat image. Sometimes this tissue appears overlapped, making it difficult to see all the individual structures.  3D mammography allows the radiologists to more accurately pinpoint the size, shape and location of abnormalities.

Fewer call backs  In the past, if the radiologist saw an area that was questionable, the patient would be asked to return for additional imaging. By being able to see the breast tissue in smaller, thinner sections on the 3D mammogram the need for additional imaging is reduced.

What does “Lower Dose” mean?

When first approved by the FDA-3D mammography needed to be performed in combination with a conventional 2D mammogram. Since then the FDA has approved the “Lower Dose” technology, we now obtain those 2D images directly from the 3D dataset without the need for additional compression or x-ray exposure.

RIA’s Lower Dose 3D mammogram uses significantly less x-ray exposure than conventional 3D mammograms.

Who is a candidate for Lower Dose 3D Mammography?

RIA recommends annual Lower Dose 3D mammography for all patients regardless of family history or breast density.

Is Lower Dose 3D mammography covered by insurance?

Most insurances including Medicare currently cover the inclusion of the 3D images as part of a mammogram.

If your insurance company does not cover the 3D portion of the exam, you may choose to pay $30 at the time of service to include 3D imaging as part of your mammogram.

The $30 is an eligible expense through your HSA (Health Spending Account) or your FSA (Flexible Spending Account).

RIA believes that all insurances should allow for the inclusion of this technology. In fact, several states have passed laws requiring insurance companies to cover 3D mammography.

What if I decline the Lower Dose 3D Mammogram?

Although we highly recommend the 3D technology because of its higher rate of cancer detection, we can still perform a 2D mammogram.   Patients should be aware there is also a higher chance of recall associated with 2D mammography because our radiologists only have 4 images to evaluate in a 2D study versus an average of 400 images per 3D study.


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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