Duke uses digital mammography and breast tomosynthesis to detect and diagnose breast cancer. Our breast imaging program at the Duke Cancer Center is an American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, and has undergone a rigorous review process to ensure it meets national standards and guidelines.
Detect breast cancer early
Regular mammogram screenings put you in control of your health, and greatly increase the chances that breast cancer is detected early. Annual mammograms are recommended for women starting at age 40, as long as they are in good health. 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.
Choose Duke for your digital mammography because we offer:
- Advanced training. Our board-certified breast imaging specialists at Duke Cancer Center undergo advanced fellowship training in the early detection of breast cancer and the identification of abnormal breast masses.
- Latest imaging technology. 3-D mammography, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis, is offered at the Duke Cancer Center. Studies show the low-dose mammogram is more effective at identifying breast cancer than traditional digital mammography, and results in fewer call backs for additional testing.
- Five convenient locations. We offer digital mammography at five convenient locations in Durham and Wake counties. Diagnostic mammography is available at three of these locations.
- A breast imaging center of excellence. Our breast imaging program at the Duke Cancer Center is an American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, and has undergone a rigorous review process to ensure it meets national standards and guidelines. In addition to mammography, our breast imaging program is accredited in breast ultrasound, ultrasound guided breast biopsy, stereotactic breast biopsy and breast MRI.
- Same-day appointments, same-day results. We offer same-day appointments and extended hours. You’ll get same-day test results during our Saturday screening clinics.
- Immediate access to breast cancer program. If needed, you will have immediate access to the entire scope of our breast cancer program, which includes the most advanced breast imaging technology and breast cancer treatment available, 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 in our hereditary cancer clinic will work with you to evaluate your risk. If appropriate, they may recommend screening for BRCA1 and/or BRCA2 genes — 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.
High-quality, digital X-ray images are taken of each breast to detect breast cancer tumors that can not be felt in women who have no signs or symptoms of the disease.
Additional high-quality X-ray images may be taken to follow up on screening mammograms. These 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.
Digital breast tomosynthesis is similar in appearance to traditional digital mammography. However, its camera takes multiple X-ray images -- or photographic slices -- which are compiled to create a 3-D image of the breast. It is primarily used for screening mammograms. 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 call backs for additional tests.