Elevated Women’s Imaging Services
Women’s wellness is important and at Outpatient Imaging Culpeper, our caring staff uses the latest technology to provide comprehensive care from screening to diagnostic breast exams and biopsies. In addition, every breast study performed at our location is interpreted by sub-specialized breast radiologists at UVA Health. Their expertise and sole dedication to breast imaging means you can trust the results you receive.
Outpatient Imaging Culpeper is a Certified Mammography Facility through the FDA with accreditations in Mammography and Breast Ultrasound. Our highly trained team of technologists works in collaboration with the UVA radiologists and our breast nurse navigator to offer a comprehensive approach for your imaging needs that you won’t find anywhere else in the region. Our center is conveniently located in downtown Culpeper, making it easy for you to maximize your personal health by providing same-day appointments and extended weekend options for breast cancer screening.
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What is a diagnostic 3D mammography exam?
A diagnostic mammogram is performed on the same machine, and in the same manner as a screening mammogram. A diagnostic mammogram is performed on patients who have symptoms such as pain, itching, swelling, palpable lump, discharge, etc. A patient whose screening mammogram detects areas of concern will also have additional images performed as a diagnostic mammogram.
In many cases, a diagnostic mammogram may also be used in conjunction with ultrasound to provide greater clarity of the breast tissue.
What is Breast Density?
While dense breast tissue is perfectly normal – affecting approximately 40 percent of the population – breast density cannot be felt and it is not related to breast size or firmness. It can only be seen on a mammogram.
Breast tissue is considered dense if there is a lot of fibrous or glandular tissue and not much fat. Fibrous and glandular tissue looks white on a mammogram, as does a possible tumor. This makes it difficult to tell the difference between a tumor and dense breast tissue on a mammogram.
Women with dense breasts should consider talking with their doctor about additional screening exams such as Fast Breast MRI
The decision to have a mammogram is a personal one and is dependent upon age, family history, the density of breast tissue, and discussion with your physician. Ultimately – it’s your decision – you do not need a recommendation from a physician for a screening mammogram. In terms of age, research clearly shows that annual mammography and breast cancer screen should start at age 40 and it is strongly correlated with significant improvement in survival rates of breast cancer.
Cardinal Points Imaging understands that the cost of a breast cancer screening exam can be a concern. Our rates for both insured and uninsured patients are substantially lower than the same exam performed at a hospital. We believe that price transparency is important so you can be prepared for your financial obligations, if any. Most insurers cover standard screening mammograms at no additional cost to the patient. If you elect to have a 3D mammogram for breast cancer screening rather than a standard digital exam, there may be an additional charge depending upon your insurance. To learn more about what your exam may cost, please click here.
The radiologist will review the Mammogram and provide a diagnostic report that will be sent directly to your provider. The report of your breast cancer screening is typically available to your provider within 24 hours. Many providers plan scheduled time to discuss results with their patients so you could check with their office to see when they will be available to review the information with you.