Mammography

Mammography

3-D Mammography Available in Durham and Raleigh

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Duke uses 3-D mammograms (digital breast tomosynthesis) to screen for breast cancer because of its proven record of detecting more and smaller breast cancers and reducing the number of false alarms.  We rely on traditional 2-D digital mammography to more closely examine some abnormalities identified at screening. Mammography is available at six convenient locations throughout Durham and Raleigh.

Our Locations

Duke Health offers 3-D mammograms and routine digital mammography screening at six convenient locations in Durham and Wake counties.

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.

3-D Mammograms
Digital breast tomosynthesis is similar in appearance to traditional digital mammography. However, its camera takes multiple very low dose X-ray images which are combined by a computer to create a 3-D image of the breast. Breast tomosynthesis is now in routine use for most patients for screening 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.

Diagnostic Mammograms
Additional high-quality 2-D or 3-D X-rays 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.

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Why Choose Duke

Your Convenience is Important to Us
We offer same-day appointments, same-day results and extended hours at several mammography locations.

Advanced Training
Several of our locations are staffed by board-certified breast imaging specialists who undergo advanced fellowship training in the early detection of breast cancer and the identification of abnormal breast masses.
 
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 diagnostic mammograms, our breast imaging program is accredited in breast ultrasound, ultrasound-guided breast biopsy, stereotactic breast biopsy, and breast MRI.

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.

Among the Best Cancer Hospitals in U.S.

Where you receive your cancer care is important. Duke University Hospital's cancer program is ranked among the nation's best.
Reviewed: 07/02/2018