3D Mammography


At Johnston Health, we want to make your mammogram as comfortable as possible. That’s why we have the latest innovations in women’s health care – 3D Mammography. With this technology, you’ll experience short exam times, fast results and fewer callbacks – all resulting in less anxiety and superior care. All designed with you in mind, making your exam more comfortable than ever before.

The odds of surviving breast cancer increase dramatically the earlier it’s discovered, which is why it is so important to get a yearly mammogram. 3D mammography is the most advanced breast imaging technology available. It provides more detailed images of breast tissue than 2D imaging. This means earlier detection and fewer false positives. Make an appointment for your 3D mammography today.

We are accredited in Mammography through the American College of Radiology. In order to best serve our patients, we are happy to offer weekend hours.

To schedule your mammogram at any of our locations, please call Community Wide Scheduling at 919-938-7749.

Offered at: Johnston Health Ambulatory Imaging and Johnston Health Clayton Ambulatory Imaging

What is 3D mammography?

Digital breast tomosynthesis (tomo), also known as 3D mammography, is a revolutionary new screening and diagnostic breast imaging tool to improve the early detection of breast cancer. During the 3D part of the exam, an x-ray arm sweeps over the breast, taking multiple images in seconds. Images are displayed as a series of thin slices that can be viewed by our radiologists as individual images or in a dynamic interactive animation.

Guidelines for Screening Mammograms

What to Expect

A mammogram can be stressful and scary, especially if it is your first time, but our experienced staff will thoroughly explain the procedure and make sure you feel at ease the entire time. During the exam, a technologist will position your breast within the mammography unit. The technologist will then gradually compress your breast and images will be taken from multiple angles. This will be repeated on the other breast. You may be asked to hold your breath and keep very still while an image is being taken to ensure the best possible clarity. A screening mammogram takes about 15 minutes, and a diagnostic mammogram can take longer depending on how many images need to be taken.

How to Prepare

When you come in for your mammogram, it’s best to wear a two-piece outfit so the top can be easily removed and you can have the exam without getting completely undressed. We recommend that you schedule your mammogram for the week after your period, when the breasts are least sensitive. Please refrain from wearing deodorant or powders as these may appear as calcium spots on the mammogram.

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Referrals are not required for a screening mammogram, but a primary care physician’s information must be provided for us to send the final results.