advanced technology for breast screening

3D Mammography

Advanced Technology for Screening and Diagnostic Mammograms

In 2011, Washington Radiology was among the first in the country and the first imaging center in the metro DC area to offer 3D Mammography, today considered the most advanced technology in screening and diagnostic mammography.

Put simply, digital tomosynthesis (otherwise known as 3D Mammography) is a more accurate test — using state-of-the-art technology to provide more and better images of each breast. 3D Mammography has been proven to detect abnormalities 15 months earlier than a standard mammogram. Not only is it more accurate, 3D Mammography also decreases recalls for additional tests, leading to greater peace of mind with your results. 3D technology, provided by highly experienced breast imaging physicians, is available at all 7 Washington Radiology locations and can easily be added to any screening or diagnostic mammogram.

All women can benefit8 from 3D Mammography™, but it’s particularly helpful if you have:

  • dense breast tissue
  • frequent callbacks for mammograms
  • fibrocystic changes
  • family history of breast cancer

At Washington Radiology, we believe this advanced technology, combined with the specialized expertise and experience of our board-certified team of radiologists, provides women with the peace of mind they deserve concerning their breast health.

What Research Says 

In a recent issue of Radiology, 3D Mammography was shown to be of significant benefit. “The use of mammography plus tomosynthesis in a screening environment resulted in a significantly higher cancer detection rate and enabled the detection of more invasive cancers while reducing the number of unnecessary callbacks.” 1,4

Mammography screening for wellness

The decision to have a mammogram is a personal one and is dependent upon age, family history, the density of breast tissue, and discussion with your physician. Ultimately - it's your decision - you do not need a recommendation from a physician for a screening mammogram (2D or 3D), and you have the right to choose any facility you wish. Note: If you have noticed breast symptoms (lump, discharge, dimpling) you should first notify your doctor as you will need a referral for a diagnostic mammogram. 

Most major medical associations recommend that women start screening mammography at age 40, and get screened annually.11 Getting a high-quality screening mammogram at a specialized breast facility like Washington Radiology is the most effective way to detect breast cancer early.

3D Mammography™ is the most advanced technology available for screening or diagnostic mammograms and is offered at all 7 of our locations. 

  • Screening Mammogram:
    The goal of a screening mammogram is to detect tumors that are too small or too deep to be discovered any other way. Put simply, mammography is an important part of a woman’s annual wellness check-up. Learn more.

  • Diagnostic Mammogram:
    The diagnostic mammogram is the standard follow-up to a screening mammogram if something abnormal is seen during your screening. This is not a cause for concern, and the diagnostic mammogram will only add to your feeling of ease regarding your breast health. Learn more.


Washington, DC
University Medical Building
2141 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037
P: 202-223-9722 | F: 202-659-2819
HOURS: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Limited Services Available

Hours vary by service. See this page for details.

Bethesda, MD
Camalier Building
10215 Fernwood Road, Suite 103, Bethesda, MD 20817
P: 301-564-1053 | F: 301-493-8522
HOURS: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Limited Services Available
Potomac, MD
Park Potomac
12505 Park Potomac Avenue, Suite 120, Potomac, MD 20854
P: 240-223-4700 | F: 240-223-4701
HOURS: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Limited Services Available
Chevy Chase, MD
Chase Tower
4445 Willard Avenue, Suite 200, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
P: 301-654-4242 | F: 301-907-7414
HOURS: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
January 21, 2022: X-Rays are unavailable but will resume services on Monday, January 24.

Hours vary by service. See this page for details.

Fairfax, VA
Four Seasons Three
3022 Williams Drive, Suites 104, 200, 204, Fairfax, VA 22031
P: 703-698-8800 | F: 703-573-2318
HOURS: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Limited Services Available

Hours vary by service. See this page for details.

Sterling, VA
Lakeside @ Loudoun Tech Center I
21351 Ridgetop Circle, Suites 100, 150, Sterling, VA 20166
P: 571-434-0140 | F: 571-434-0144
HOURS: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Arlington/Ballston, VA
Fairgate at Ballston
1005 North Glebe Road, Suite 110, Arlington, VA 22201
P: 703-280-1410 | F: 703-280-4751
HOURS: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday, Thursday, Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday
Limited Services Available
Germantown, MD
20410 Observation Drive, Suite 203, Germantown, MD 20876
P: (301) 298-1426 | F: 301-298-1428
HOURS: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Limited Services Available

Preparing For Your Mammography Exam

Patient peace of mind starts with the right preparation. To obtain the best possible study results, it is important that you follow the instructions below. 

During scheduling, a Washington Radiology team member will review with you the preparation instructions specific to your mammography exam. These instructions are repeated here for easy reference.

You may wish to schedule your mammogram at least 7-10 days away from your menstrual period as women report less breast tenderness mid-cycle. However, this is not a requirement and should not affect your results. Please bring the name of your physician to whom we should send your mammography report.

On the day of your exam:

  • Wear a 2-piece outfit—skirt and top or pants and top. You will only need to remove your top and bra.
  • Don’t apply deodorant before your exam.
  • Avoid deodorants, lotions, powders, creams or perfumes on the day prior to your exam. They can interfere with the images.
  • Consider an over-the-counter pain medication if you find having a mammogram is uncomfortable for you.

If this is your first visit to Washington Radiology, bring to your appointment any prior mammography reports and films. Arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time to allow for image processing.

If you have any follow-up questions about these preparations, please contact the Washington Radiology office where your exam is scheduled and ask to speak with the nurse.