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We See in 3D

Wake Radiology offers conventional 2D as well as Hologic Genius™ 3D mammography. 3D mammography is offered at most of our breast imaging locations.

3D mammography

Evening, Saturday and same-day appointments are available, plus walk-ins are welcome. While patients must have seen a primary care doctor in the past 18 months, a signed physician referral is not required for this annual exam. Wake Radiology’s offices are staffed with experienced female mammography technologists who are accredited by the American College of Radiology. Our physicians are board certified in the field of radiology and are experts in interpreting mammograms.

Get the Facts about Mammography

The Facts About 40  Common Mammogram Questions 
 Steps Towards the Best Breast Exam Call Backs for Breast Exams

icon-facts40Wake Radiology recognizes the confusion that many women have about when to begin breast screenings. We continue to believe that high-quality annual mammography starting at age 40 remains a woman’s best chance of early detection of breast cancer and saving lives. The following medical organizations affirm that 40 is the right age to start screenings.

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 40 Annually
American College of Radiology/Society of Breast Imaging 40 Annually
American Medical Association 40 Annually
National Comprehensive Cancer Network 40 Annually
American Cancer Society 40
(Individual choice)
45-54 Annually
55-Older Every 1-2yrs.
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force 40
(Individual choice)
50-74: Every 2yrs.


Important facts about screening mammography starting at age 40:

  • Long-term follow up in multiple studies have shown an 18-29% reduction in breast cancer mortality when annual screening is done between ages 40-50.
  • Mammography detected breast cancer in the 40-50 age group results in lower-stage disease detection which results in reduced treatment and lower rates of recurrence.
  • It is estimated that approximately 30% of the years of life lost to breast cancer is due breast cancer detected age 40-49.


  • Even when using an expanded definition of a high-risk screening, 66% of all malignancies in this age group would be missed.
  • 3D mammography improves cancer detection in dense breasts, a significant issue for the 40-45 age group, helps reduce patient anxiety, provides increased clarity, and lowers the need for follow-up tests.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide.
A mammogram can detect cancer early when it is most treatable.

Even though this is the case, nearly a third of American women currently do not get regular mammograms.


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Steps for the Best Possible Mammogram


Have your mammogram performed at a facility recognized as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE) by the American College of Radiology. This ensures that qualified female personnel who are registered in mammography will perform your exam, that board certified radiologists will interpret your scans, and that dedicated mammography equipment is being used to obtain the highest quality images with the lowest possible radiation dosage. Wake Radiology is a BICOE.


Recognize that nervousness is natural and that Wake Radiology technologists and staff will make every effort to make you as comfortable as possible. 


Schedule your mammogram within one week after your period or when your breasts are least sensitive.


Don’t wear deodorant or powders. Some contain aluminum flecks which can show on the x-ray and make it difficult for the doctor to interpret. Wake Radiology provides clean wipes and deodorant to patients after their exam.


Wear a two-piece outfit, such as pants and a blouse, so you only have to remove your top garments and not be completely undressed.

Call Backs for a Diagnostic Mammogram

The clarity of the images from a 3D mammogram can greatly reduce your chance for a follow-up exam. If you are called back, know that the American Cancer Society states that most women will have negative results. If a diagnostic mammogram is necessary, no significant abnormality is found in most women. If a biopsy is necessary, it’s helpful to remember that only one out of every four women will have cancer from their specimen.

Common Mammogram Questions

What is 3D mammography and what are its benefits?

3D mammography is a revolutionary new screening and diagnostic tool designed for early breast cancer detection. We believe it’s the most revolutionary breast screening breakthrough in nearly 20 years. During a 3D mammogram, the x-ray arm sweeps over the breast in an arc taking multiple images. A computer then produces a layered, 3D image of the breast tissue so a radiologist can scan through the 1mm images like pages in a book. Said another way, 3D mammography provides greater detail and allows a radiologist see “inside” the breast layer by layer to find cancers earlier than ever. arrow Download 3D Mammography Facts

  • 3D-vs2D_newGreater accuracy for earlier and easier detection. With conventional mammography, the radiologist views breast tissue as a flat image which can appear overlapped and make normal breast tissue look abnormal. 3D mammography virtually eliminates these challenges allowing the radiologist to see different structures as well as the location, size and shape of any abnormal tissue, like smaller, more invasive cancers. 3D mammography has been shown to improve breast cancer detection by 27-50%.
  • Fewer call backs. In the past, patients had to return for additional images when a radiologist saw a questionable area. When breast tissue is viewed in smaller, thinner sections, a “second look” is less necessary. 3D mammography has been shown to reduce recall rates by 17-40%.
Am I a candidate for 3D mammography?

Wake Radiology breast imaging experts believe all patients can benefit from this revolutionary technology regardless of their breast density or family history of breast cancer. Doctors and scientists agree that early detection is the best defense against breast cancer. Clinical studies have shown that 3D mammography is more accurate than conventional mammography alone by detecting cancers earlier as well as reducing recall rates.

How do I choose 3D mammography for my appointment?

It’s easy. Just let our scheduling team know that you’d like to have a 3D mammogram when you request an appointment online or by phone at 919-232-4700. You may also request a 3D mammogram when you check-in for your appointment.

Where can I schedule my 3D screening mammogram?

Wake Radiology offers 3D mammography at multiple locations throughout the greater Triangle area. Our schedulers can help you find a location closest to you, simply call 919-232-4700 them today!

If you’ve had a mammogram at another location or provider, we will request your prior exams for comparison. 

What if my doctor did not mention 3D mammography to me?

As a patient, having a 3D mammogram is your choice. Most area providers are extremely supportive of this revolutionary technology since it provides greater clarity and improved detection for breast cancer. You can request a 3D mammogram on your own or choose to discuss the benefits of 3D mammography with your doctor before scheduling your next exam.

Are there any risks with 3D mammography?

3D mammography is approved for use by the FDA and uses a low strength x-ray during the exam. While a 3D mammogram does have more radiation than a 2D mammogram, but the amount is less than the recommended guidelines set by the American College of Radiology for 2D mammography alone.

Can I have a 3D mammogram if I have breast implants?

Yes, it’s important for all women over 40 to have screening mammograms. 3D mammograms have a specific setting for breast implants. 3D images of the breast are taken of the tissue in front of the implant in addition to the regular images of the breast. Read more about why women with breast implants should still have a mammogram.


Is there an additional cost for 3D mammography and will my insurance cover it?

The 3D portion of your screening mammogram is currently covered by most major insurance carriers, including Medicare and NC Medicaid.

We strongly recommend that you verify coverage with your carrier before your appointment. Wake Radiology offers payment plans for all exams, including 3D mammograms. Our breast imaging radiologists believe so strongly in this advanced technology we don’t want costs to keep you from having this potentially lifesaving screening.

Check which insurance plans are in-network with Wake Radiology.

Who is at risk?

The American Cancer Society estimates that one out of every eight women will develop breast cancer. While you can’t change these numbers, you can increase your chances for survival and a full productive life. Early detection is the key.

We’ve pulled together a number of resources to help women know more about the factors that can place them at high risk for breast cancer. It’s important to note that being “high risk” doesn’t mean that you will absolutely, positively, without question develop breast cancer. It means that when statistically compared to other women, your chance is higher. And, sometimes only slightly.



How is a mammogram performed?

A mammogram is performed in an upright position. The breast tissue is firmly compressed between two plates for a complete view of the entire breast. Generally, two or three views are taken of each breast. During a 3D mammogram, the arm sweeps over the breast in an arc to take the additional 15 low-dose pictures. The images are compiled into a 3D image for the radiologist to review and compare to any previous mammograms. Cancer usually appears as a more dense, irregular area than the surrounding breast tissue.


Is radiation from a mammogram harmful?

Mammography uses a safe, low-dose x-ray. The risk of developing breast cancer as a result of this amount of radiation is equal to the risk of dying from lung cancer after smoking one-fourth of a cigarette.


Do I need a screening mammogram if I don't have any lumps in my breast?

Annual mammograms are important even if you don’t have visible or palpable lumps in your breast. Annual screenings scan the breast for possible irregularities that you may not be able to feel. Mammograms can detect lumps as much as two years before they can be felt.


Does a Mammogram Take the Place of a Manual Breast Examination?


No. The best chance a woman has for early detection of cancer is to combine annual screening mammograms with a manual breast examination by an experienced doctor. A woman should also practice monthly breast self examination.


What is the Difference between a Screening and Diagnostic Mammogram?


Diagnostic mammography is a targeted examination for women with specific breast problems. The procedure is similar to a screening mammogram; however, several additional views may be required.


What is a Baseline Mammogram?


A baseline mammogram is the name used for your first screening mammogram. It is important because it is usually used as the basis for comparison in later tests.


Why Aren't Mammogram 100% Foolproof?


Breast tissue is different in all women. Sometimes a cancer is not imaged on the mammogram because the surrounding breast tissue is the same density as the cancer. Mammograms do not image 10%–20% of the cancers. This is why you also need to have periodic physical exams by a qualified doctor.

When and Why Would I Need a Breast Ultrasound?

In order to complete your breast imaging exam, the radiologist may request a breast ultrasound. An ultrasound of the breast is a valuable aid to mammography. It is often used to determine the composition of structures in the breast that can be felt or that are detected on the mammogram. If you have been to our office for a screening mammogram, you may be contacted to return for a breast ultrasound. Patients receiving diagnostic mammograms can usually have an ultrasound performed while you are in the office on a work-in basis.

Accredited facilities conveniently located throughout Triangle

PrintWake Radiology offers breast imaging services at many Triangle locations, and all services are interpreted by board certified radiologists, many of who are dedicated to breast imaging. All of the offices are accredited by the American College of Radiology and have earned the ACR’s highest recognition as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE). 

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