Make mammograms part of your annual health screening routine to help prevent and detect breast cancer. Schedule your mammogram with a registered mammography technologist at the Nash Breast Care Center. You’ll receive an advanced 3D mammogram with interpretation from on-site board-certified breast imaging specialists.
Breast Health Exams
Patient Screening Forms
You’ll receive a screening for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer at your mammogram appointment. Please print, complete, and bring the form with you.
Protect your health by doing frequent breast self-exams. Schedule regular clinical breast exams with your doctor to check for changes to your breasts or warning signs of breast cancer.
When to Have a Mammogram
Start yearly mammograms at age 40. If you have a strong family history of breast cancer or a family history of ovarian cancer, you should talk to your provider about the tests that are right for you. Your doctor may recommend genetic counseling and possible testing along with a mammogram.
Screening & Diagnostic Mammograms
A mammogram, or X-ray of your breast, is the best way to screen for breast abnormalities and find tumors early. Depending on your needs, you may have a:
- Screening mammogram – Yearly exam to screen for breast cancer if you don’t have any signs or symptoms
- Diagnostic mammogram – Exam recommended by your doctor to take pictures of a suspicious area of your breast if you have a lump, pain, or other symptoms or if you have an irregular screening mammogram result
Mammogram Options For Dense Breasts
View information from our health library about dense breasts and breast cancer screening.
Advanced, 3D Mammograms
Choose the Nash Breast Care Center for 3D mammography technology, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis. This sophisticated test uses an X-ray arm to take multiple pictures of your breast at different angles in seconds. It produces a three-dimensional image of your breast in thin layers.
Overlapping tissue in your breast can hide small cancers. The layer-by-layer look at your breast tissue makes it easier for your specialist to see small details and detect cancer earlier.
Benefits of 3D Mammography
Learn how 3D mammography makes it easier to detect breast cancer.
Enhanced images from 3D mammography offer benefits such as:
- Greater accuracy in detecting abnormal areas and tumor
- Earlier diagnosis of breast cancer
- Clearer images of dense breast tissue
- Fewer biopsies and tests
- Easier to find more invasive breast cancers
- Reduces call backs and false positives
Your 3D Mammogram
Rely on the friendly, knowledgeable Nash breast care team to put you at ease during your mammogram. It’s best to schedule your mammogram one week following your period, if possible, to avoid having tender breasts during your exam. On the day of your mammogram:
- Don’t use deodorant, talcum powder or lotion under your arms or on your breasts because the residue may interfere with the X-ray
- Describe any breast symptoms or problems to the mammography technologist
You’ll stand up for your screening mammogram. When the X-ray plate compresses your breast, it may feel uncomfortable. Diagnostic mammograms may require you to sit or lie down, depending upon where the area of concern is in your breast.
After Your Mammogram
After your mammogram, our on-site, trained radiologist will review and interpret your breast images. When you have a screening mammogram and your results are normal, you’ll get a letter in the mail in a few days. If you don’t receive your results in the mail, call the Breast Center at 252-962-6100 or view your report in MyChart.
If your exam shows an abnormal area in your breast tissue, you’ll receive a phone call for follow-up imaging and testing.
If you have a diagnostic mammogram, waiting for your results may be stressful. That’s why a radiologist will discuss the findings with you before you leave the Nash Breast Care Center. The results also will go to your doctor.
Risk Assessment & Genetics
When you have a mammogram at the Nash Breast Care Center, you’ll also have access to our breast cancer risk assessment and genetic services. Your breast navigator will help you get the individual care you need.
Paying for Your Mammogram
Most health insurance providers pay for 3D mammograms. Check with your health insurance company about your coverage before scheduling a mammogram.
Mammogram Assistance Programs
If you don't have health insurance, you may qualify for a mammogram through the North Carolina Health and Human Services Department’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP).
If you aren’t eligible for a BCCCP mammogram, the Nash UNC Health Care Foundation Breast Care Center Breast Screening and Risk Assessment Program fund may be able to help you. Call a Nash General Hospital financial counselor at 252-962-8240 or the Nash Breast Care Center at 252-962-6100 to find out if you are eligible.
Learn more about how mammography saves lives.
Breast Cancer Care
If you’re diagnosed with breast cancer, work with the experts at Nash UNC Health Care for complete cancer care.