screening mammograms no physicians order needed

Screening Mammography

Maintain Optimal Health with Annual Screening

The traditional digital mammogram takes two-dimensional pictures of the breast and is still one of the most advanced tools available for detecting breast abnormalities. A screening mammogram is used to detect breast tumors in women who have no symptoms of breast cancer.

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. 

Most major medical associations recommend that women start screening mammographyat 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 Washington Radiology locations. For more information click here.

You do not need a physician’s order to schedule a screening mammogram, unless your physician requires a written order. Please note: you will need the name of a physician to whom we can send your reports.




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

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

Preparing For Your Screening Mammography Exam

During scheduling, a Washington Radiology team member will review with you the preparation instructions specific to your screening 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.




1. Rose, S, Tidwell, A, Bujnockh, L, Kushwaha, A, Nordmann, A, Sexton, R. Implementation of Breast Tomosynthesis in a Routine Screening Practice: An Observational Study. American Roentgen Ray Society, AJR 2013, 200: 1401-1408.
2. Breast Cancer Prevention and Early Detection”, American Cancer Society.