Gynecology & Women’s Health
Trusted Mammography Services at Four Locations
We know how important preventive care is when it comes to breast health. But in your busy life, keeping up with your mammograms can be difficult (and scary) – even when you know they could save your life. That’s why we now offer convenient, trusted mammography services at four VPFW locations: West Creek, Midlothian Turnpike, and Prince George, and St Francis. Each location has an FDA-Certified Mammography Facility. We use full-field, digital, low-dose mammography equipment to assist in the early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer.
VPFW is accredited by The American College of Radiology, and our highly trained technicians make you feel comfortable from the moment you arrive for your screening. Under the supervision of VPFW physicians, we partner with experts at Radiology Associates of Richmond to read our mammography scans.
In addition to 2D mammograms, we also offer the latest 3D (tomography) mammograms, which most insurance carriers now cover. Be sure to check with your insurance carrier prior to your visit.
If your last mammogram was not a VPFW, please fill out our Mammography Film Release Form and bring it to your appointment.
*Update on mammogram scheduling with respect to COVID-19 vaccination*
Please note that due to an increased likelihood of temporarily enlarged lymph nodes resulting from COVID-19 vaccination, the Society of Breast Imaging recommends that screening mammograms be scheduled either prior to or at least six weeks after completion of the COVID-19 vaccine series, and not in between a first and second vaccine dose. This is to minimize callbacks due to a temporary condition that could be confused with a more serious problem.
We will leave it up to the patient to determine when they feel comfortable having their mammogram and will only cancel appointments if a patient requests us to do so. Please call us at 804-897-2100 and press 2 to speak with a phone nurse if you have any questions or need to reschedule.
Who Should Get a Mammogram?
Our physicians recommend that you should begin a baseline screening at age 40 and have a mammogram done every year after that to detect any abnormalities or changes. If your mother has or had breast cancer, we recommend that you begin getting annual mammograms beginning 10 years earlier than when she was diagnosed. Of course, the best way to determine when you should get a mammogram is to discuss your family medical history, risk factors, and any questions and concerns you may have with your provider.
What Should I Expect During My Mammogram?
When you arrive for your mammogram, you will be asked to undress from the waist up and change into a gown. The technologist will go over a list of medical history questions with you and the perform the mammogram. The breast is briefly compressed in two different projections. The total exam takes about 10 minutes. Sometimes extra images are taken to include all of the breast tissue.
When Should I Expect to Get My Results?
You will receive your results 7-10 business days, provided we have your prior mammograms at the time of your exam.
What Happens if You Find Something?
We know it’s not easy, but it’s important to remember to not panic. The majority of lumps found in breasts are benign. If a radiologist does detect an abnormality in your scan, then you will be referred to the hospital for further screening. You will have a follow-up mammogram and/or breast ultrasound done. If needed, you may also have a biopsy.
Can I Get My Mammogram Done at VPFW Even if I’ve Gone Somewhere Else for Previous Screenings?
Of course! Whether you are a new or established patient, you can always choose to have your mammogram done at our West Creek, Midlothian Turnpike, or Prince George locations.
If your previous Mammograms were performed at any of the following HCA facilities, then the radiologist will have electronic access to those images, and you do not need to obtain them yourself:
- Johnston-Willis Hospital
- John Randolph Medical Center
- Retreat Doctors Hospital
- Henrico Doctors Hospital
- Chippenham Hospital
- Independence Park
- Appomattox Imaging
- Chesterfield Imaging
If your previous mammograms were performed at a non-HCA facility, please obtain the CDs of your films prior to your appointment. Most facilities require patients to complete a Medical Release Form. For your convenience, we provide one here. Please download our Mammography Patient Instruction Sheet for additional information. Please be aware that most facilities require advanced notice to pull mammography films for you to pick up, so please contact them as soon as possible.