What to know about the COVID-19 vaccine and your breast imaging exam

Is it safe to get a mammogram during or after the COVID vaccination process?

Yes, it is safe. Our radiologists are aware that some women may experience pain, swelling and/or enlarged lymph nodes in the armpit on the side where they had the vaccine; this is considered an expected or normal reaction. However, if you feel a lump in your armpit that lasts for more than six weeks after your vaccination, you should let your healthcare provider know.

Do I need to wait to get my mammogram if I’ve had the COVID vaccine?

No, there is no reason to delay your mammogram. In fact, maintaining your annual screening protocol is important for your breast health. If you are experiencing any new breast symptoms please notify your physician immediately.

Please select the imaging study you are requesting to schedule:
Barring your physician requiring a written order, Washington Radiology does not require an order for a screening mammogram.

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The following procedures are available and require a doctor’s order for scheduling. Please call (703) 280-9800 to schedule.

  • MRI
  • CT: For acute pain only
  • Diagnostic Mammograms
  • Breast MRI
  • Breast Biopsy
  • Ultrasound: Any acute pain, bleeding, OB, urgent GYN

We have received your request for an appointment.

If we can complete your request based on the information provided, your appointment will be scheduled and you will receive an email notification of your appointment date and time.

If we are unable to schedule your appointment because further clarification is needed, our scheduling team will call you in one business day.

If your appointment request is of an urgent nature, please call us Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m to 5:30 p.m. at 703-280-9800.

Thank you.