3D Mammography

A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. It can detect changes such as breast cysts or breast cancer, even when it is too small to be felt. Mammography is the best breast cancer screening tool available.

The American Cancer Society recommends the following guidelines to women who are at average risk for breast cancer: *

  • All women should be familiar with how their breasts normally look and feel and report any changes to their doctor right away.

  • Women between 40 and 44 have the option to start screening with an annual mammogram.

  • Women aged 45 to 54 should get a mammogram every year.

  • Women 55 and older can switch to a mammogram every other year, or they may choose to continue with yearly mammograms.

* For screening purposes, a woman is considered to be at average risk if she doesn't have a personal or strong family history of breast cancer or a genetic mutation such as aa BRCA gene.

Women with personal or family histories of breast cancer should consult their doctors about the need for more frequent or earlier mammography.

3D Mammography at Vidant Health

Women and the people who love them must be vigilant about breast cancer screening. Breast cancer is most treatable in its earliest stages. And 3D mammograms provide the most advanced technology for detecting the disease.

3D mammography takes pictures of the breast from many angles, creating images that are much more clear and detailed than those taken with traditional scans.. This makes it easier to detect small tumors, even those than cannot be felt.

Vidant Health has invested in advanced 3D mammography in eight locations in eastern North Carolina. We’ve placed this technology closer to where you live and work to make it easier for you to get screened every year. Best of all, you know your results are more reliable, giving you greater peace of mind

Key advantages of 3D mammography:

  • Greater detail and improved accuracy
  • 40 percent increase in cancer detection
  • Detects more invasive, life-threatening tumors
  • Fewer call-backs, resulting in less anxiety
  • Better at detecting cancer in dense breast tissue
  • Digital images that allow doctors in other locations to consult if needed
  • Accommodates even very large breasts
  • Patient-friendly design that’s more comfortable
  • Cost covered by most health insurance plans*

The Breast Wellness Center at Vidant Cancer Care in Greenville is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), in recognition of our high standards of care for patients with diseases of the breast.

Eight convenient locations

To schedule your 3D mammogram, call the Vidant Health location nearest you.

Vidant Bertie Hospital
1403 S. King Street, Windsor | 252-794-6626

Vidant Chowan Hospital
211 Virginia Road, Edenton | 252-482-6245

Vidant Duplin Hospital
401 N. Main Street, Kenansville | 910-296-8875

Vidant Edgecombe Hospital
111 Hospital Drive, Tarboro | 252-641-7376

Vidant Medical Center
Eddie and Jo Allison Smith Tower
524 Moye Boulevard, Greenville | 252-847-4541

The Outer Banks Hospital
4800 S. Croatan Highway, Nags Head | 252-449-5918

Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital
500 S. Academy Street, Ahoskie | 252-209-3033

Vidant Women's Care-Washington
1204 Brown Street, Washington | 252-946-6544

What to expect

How do I get ready for a mammogram? 

  • Schedule the test when your breasts are not tender or swollen. Try to avoid the week just before your period.

  • If you're going to a new facility, bring a list of the places and dates of previous mammograms, biopsies or other breast treatments.

  • Make sure your clinic gets images of your last mammogram if it was done somewhere else so that the old pictures can be compared to the new ones.

  • Don't use deodorant, antiperspirant or powder on the day of your mammogram. Some of these contain substances that can show up on the images as white spots.

  • Wear a top that you can take off easily.

What happens during a mammogram? 

  • You will need to undress from the waist up. You'll be given a wrap to wear.

  • The technologist will position your breast to get the best test results. You are the only two people in the room during your mammogram.

  • Each of your breasts will be compressed on the mammogram machine's plate for a few seconds, one at a time.

  • Your breasts will be repositioned to get at least 2 separate views of each breast. You may feel some discomfort.

  • The whole procedure takes about 20 minutes.

What happens after a mammogram?

  • You should receive a summary of your test results in writing within 30 days. Ask about this on the day of your appointment.

  • A full report of your results will be sent to your doctor.

  • Have mammograms as often as your healthcare provider recommends.

Let the technologist know if:

  • You've noticed any breasts changes or experienced any problems.

  • You have medical history that could put you at higher risk - including hormone use, breast cancer in your family or if you've had breast cancer.

  • You’re pregnant or think you may be pregnant.

  • You have breast implants.

  • You have any scars or moles on or near your breasts.

  • You’ve had a breast biopsy or surgery.

  • You’re breastfeeding.

* If you are uninsured or underinsured, you may qualify for free or low-cost screenings through The North Carolina Breast and Cervical Cancer Program. These services are offered at most local health departments as well as some community health centers, hospitals and private physicians' offices across the state. Learn more at https://www.bcccp.ncdhhs.gov/.