Breast imaging in Loudoun County

At StoneSprings Hospital, we offer extensive imaging and diagnostic services to help screen for and detect breast cancer . When breast cancer is detected early, survival rates greatly increase. Put your breast health first, so you can live a long, happy life with your loved ones.

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StoneSprings Hospital has been recognized by the American College of Radiology for excellence in mammography.

Our team of radiologists, women’s health physicians and certified mammography technologists in Dulles, Virginia are happy to answer all of your questions. We provide you with individualized care and offer accurate screening results in a timely manner.

Breast care services

  • Digital mammography
  • 3D mammography
  • Breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Stereotactic breast biopsy
  • Ultrasound-guided breast biopsy
  • Sentinel node biopsy
  • Lumpectomy
  • Single mastectomy
  • Total mastectomy
  • Prophylactic mastectomy
  • Breast reconstructive surgery

Breast cancer screening

One in eight women will be affected by breast cancer during her lifetime. Regardless of family history, the two most common risk factors for developing breast cancer are being a woman and getting older.

StoneSprings Hospital offers a screening mammogram program accessible to women in Northern Virginia. Our program combines the latest diagnostic techniques and the talent of our experienced radiologists and physicians. Our team knows patients can be sensitive to screenings, so we make it a priority to deliver a soothing, relaxing experience for our patients.

A mammogram is a digital X-ray of your breasts that displays abnormalities in breast tissue. If an abnormality is found, a follow-up appointment will be scheduled for further analysis. It is advised that women begin receiving annual mammograms at 40 years old.

Schedule your mammogram today by calling us at (571) 349-4106.

Digital mammography

StoneSprings Hospital offers digital mammography as an option that offers the highest degree of clarity and accuracy. Digital mammograms offer several advantages over traditional mammograms, including:

  • Quicker exam times that offer real-time images that can be displayed in seconds
  • Lower radiation doses
  • Better image quality for younger women with dense breast tissue
  • Improved imagery near the skin line and chest wall
  • The ability for physicians to manipulate images with computer-aided detection for better views
  • Ability to share images instantly with consulting physicians

What to expect with a digital mammogram

The day of your mammogram, we ask that you do not use deodorant, perfumes, lotions or powders on your underarms or breasts. You will be asked to undress from the waist up, so we suggest wearing a two-piece outfit for your convenience. Otherwise, there is no special preparation for a routine mammogram, which usually takes less than 30 minutes.

Your mammogram is reviewed the same day by a physician specially trained in breast imaging. Typically, about 10 percent of women who have a screening mammogram are asked to return for additional views or testing. If additional views are needed, our staff will call you to arrange a convenient time for you to return. During your return visit, a physician will review your results with you and discuss any further recommendations.

3D mammography

3D mammography, or breast tomosynthesis, is a technology that allows doctors to examine breast tissue one layer at a time. It is able to convert digital breast images into a stack of thin “slices,” which results in a three-dimensional mammogram. 3D mammography displays different structures in the breast, including blood vessels, milk ducts, fat and ligaments. Often, digital mammography and 3D mammography are used together.

The 3D mammograms at StoneSprings Hospital are performed with the lowest dose of radiation per patient in Northern Virginia.

What to expect with a 3D mammogram

A 3D mammogram is very similar to a traditional mammogram. Just as with a digital mammogram, the technologist will position you, compress your breast under a paddle and take images from different angles. During the 3D mammography part of the exam, the X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple breast images in just seconds.

There is no additional compression required with 3D mammography, and it only takes a few seconds longer for each view. The technologist will view the images at a computer workstation to ensure adequate images have been captured for review by a radiologist.

Breast biopsy

When a lump or abnormality is detected during a mammogram or other imaging technique, a breast biopsy may be scheduled to determine if cancer is present.

A breast biopsy is a minimally invasive method for removing a tissue sample of the abnormality for further testing. A biopsy is performed by a specially trained radiologist or surgeon using stereotactic, ultrasound or MRI guidance.

An image-guided breast biopsy is typically an outpatient procedure with little to no complications. It is less invasive than a surgical biopsy, leaves little or no scarring and can be performed in less than an hour. The image guidance allows the radiologist or surgeon to biopsy the abnormality while avoiding nearby blood vessels and vital organs. It is also an effective way to evaluate calcium deposits or tiny masses.