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For many years, the American Cancer Society and other health organizations have recommended mammograms as one of the first lines of defense against breast cancer -- allowing for early diagnosis, and in turn, more effective and successful treatment.

Sentara Northern Virginia Comprehensive Breast Center, which includes three locations: Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, Sentara Lake Ridge and the Sentara Mammography Van, has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and is also accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).

By awarding facilities the status of a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the ACR recognizes breast-imaging centers that have earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, and breast ultrasound, including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.

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Early detection of breast cancer with screening mammography increases the chances of a successful treatment. A digital screening mammography can help reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer among women ages 40 to 70. Schedule your mammogram online or call one a Sentara breast care center in Northern Virginia.

View all Mammography Locations in Northern Virginia.

Mammogram Appointment Tip: Save time on the day of your appointment. Print and complete the Mammogram Questionnaire (PDF) in advance and bring it along to your appointment. (A prescription is not needed for your annual screening mammogram).

Mammography 101

A mammogram is simply an X-ray used to detect abnormalities in a woman's breast. A screening mammogram is for women with no symptoms or complaints and is used to find cancer when it is too small to be felt.

When a women experiences symptoms such as a lump, nipple discharge or an abnormal screening mammogram, a diagnostic mammogram can take more pictures of and magnify the problem area so that your doctors can make a more thorough evaluation and start a treatment plan.

Sentara Northern Virginia Mammography Guidelines


The National Cancer Society recommends that all women over 40 have an annual mammogram. Women under 40 who are at higher risk for breast cancer because of family history or past breast cancer, should talk to their doctors about earlier mammograms, additional tests or more frequent exams. 

Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center is an officially approved MQSA facility. The Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) is a federal law that regulates all mammography facilities validated by inspectors to assure that a facility meets all quality standards under governance of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). To meet these standards, this act requires regular testing and maintenance of mammography equipment.

The MQSA also ensures that the people involved in your care are trained to provide high quality exams and must maintain annual continuing education so that they remain up to date on the latest mammography technology.

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