All Duke Health mammography locations perform 3-D imaging (digital breast tomosynthesis) to screen for breast cancer and to investigate the cause of breast problems, such as pain or masses. Using 3-D mammography provides highly accurate images that detect more abnormalities and reduce the number of false alarms.
Duke Health offers 3-D mammograms throughout the Triangle. Find a location convenient to you.
Detect Breast Cancer Early
Regular mammogram screening puts you in control of your health and greatly increases the chances that breast cancer is detected early. Yearly screening mammograms are recommended for most women starting at age 40. If you have a family history of or risk factors for breast cancer, your physician may recommend you begin screening at a younger age or undergo additional tests. Our hereditary cancer experts can work with you to evaluate your breast cancer risk and recommend a plan that works for you.
Digital breast tomosynthesis is similar in appearance to traditional digital mammography. However, tomosynthesis takes multiple very low dose X-ray images which are combined by a computer to create a 3-D image of the breast. Tomosynthesis is now in routine use for most screenings and, often, for diagnostic evaluation of a questioned abnormality or lump. Studies show it is up to 40 percent more effective at detecting breast cancer than traditional digital mammography and results in up to 30 percent fewer callbacks for additional tests.
Additional high-quality 2-D or 3-D images may be taken to follow up on screening mammograms. These digital scans check for breast cancer after a breast lump or symptom of breast cancer has been identified and may be followed by additional breast imaging, including breast ultrasound, breast MRI, and stereotactic biopsies.
Why Choose Duke
Your Convenience is Important to Us
We offer same-day appointments, same-day results for diagnostic mammograms and extended hours at several mammography locations.
Our board-certified breast imaging specialists undergo advanced fellowship training in the early detection of breast cancer and the identification of abnormal breast masses.
The majority of our mammography imaging facilities operated by Duke Health are together designated as an American College of Radiology Mammography Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. This means they have undergone a rigorous review process to ensure it meets national standards and guidelines. It is accredited in diagnostic mammograms, breast ultrasound, ultrasound-guided breast biopsy, stereotactic breast biopsy, and breast MRI. Breast imaging at Duke Regional Hospital is interpreted by an independent radiology practice.
Immediate Access to Breast Cancer Program
If needed, you will have immediate access to the entire scope of our breast cancer program, which provides the most advanced breast imaging technology and breast cancer treatment available, including medical and surgical care, clinical trials, patient and family support, and advanced breast reconstruction techniques.
Genetic Testing and Counseling
If you are at risk for inherited breast cancer, our genetic counselors will work with you to evaluate your risk. If appropriate, they may recommend screening for the BRCA1 and/or BRCA2 gene mutations -- the most common cause of hereditary breast cancer -- and will help you interpret your results. With these facts, they can discuss options that will keep you and your family healthy.
Where you receive your cancer care is important. Duke University Hospital is proud of our team and the exceptional care they provide. They are why our cancer program is nationally ranked, and the highest ranked program in North Carolina, according to U.S. News & World Report for 2020–2021.