When you need a mammogram in the Alexandria, VA area, don’t settle for outdated technology. The Association of Alexandria Radiologists (AAR) offers the most advanced breast imaging technology. Read on to learn more about the newest breast imaging technology available to AAR patients.
3D Mammograms: The Most Advanced Mammograms in Alexandria VA
The Association of Alexandria Radiologists offers 3D mammograms with C-View. When compared to traditional 2D mammography, 3D mammograms with c-view help radiologists diagnose more invasive cancers, and reduce the number of false positives. This cutting edge technology also requires less breast compression time, providing you with a more comfortable exam and a lower radiation dose.
- Reduced false positives
- Less breast compression time
This new technology gives radiologists the ability to view inside the breast layer by layer, seeing breast structure and detail much more clearly. It has been proven to increase screening accuracy and decrease the number of women who are unnecessarily called back due to false positives. AAR women’s imaging specialists recommend 3D mammography for all women, regardless of breast tissue type, history of breast cancer or personal risk factors.
What Happens During a Mammogram
When you come to the Association of Alexandria Radiologists, we’ll do all we can to make the experience more comfortable, convenient and efficient. Your mammogram will be performed by a female mammography-certified technologist. Before the procedure, your technologist will ask you some questions about your medical history and she’ll also answer any questions you may have. You’ll change into a gown and remove all jewelry, which can interfere with the clarity of x-ray images. The technologist will position your breast onto special plates, which will compress the breast tissue so an x-ray image can be taken. The compression may cause some momentary discomfort, but it is essential because allows for the greatest amount of breast tissue to be visible in the mammogram image. The technologist will then follow the same procedure with the other breast.
Insurance Coverage for Mammograms
An annual mammogram is covered in full by insurance providers and Medicare. 3D mammography is an optional add-on to the traditional mammogram as an additional cost. While this new technology is not yet covered by most insurance plans, it is an eligible expense through Health Savings Accounts (HSA) or Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA).
Why get a Mammogram?
Mammograms save lives by diagnosing breast cancer in the earliest stages, when treatments are more effective. In general, annual mammograms are recommended for all women beginning at age 40 however, talk with your doctor about what is best for you based on your individual health.
Schedule Your Mammogram in Alexandria VA
At AAR, our commitment to quality doesn’t stop with state-of-the-art technology; education, training, and quality measurements help to ensure you receive the highest quality mammograms. To schedule your mammogram, call 703-824-3260 or request an appointment online.