CAMC provides comprehensive care that starts when you schedule your mammogram with us. When you get your mammogram at CAMC, you have access to our expert team and health resources.

Our Approach to Mammography

A mammogram is an X-ray image of your breasts, and is used to find and diagnose breast disease. You may have a screening mammogram as part of an annual health check if you do not have any symptoms of breast disease. A diagnostic mammogram may be done to evaluate changes in breast health or symptoms of breast disease.

For patient convenience and timely review of results, both screening and diagnostic mammograms at CAMC need to be scheduled.

Once your mammogram is completed by our registered radiologic technologists, it will be read by a radiologist, and you will be notified of the results via letter and patient portal.

If the radiologist determines that you need further evaluation, you will be contacted for follow-up, which may be a diagnostic mammogram and/or ultrasound, or a breast biopsy.

If you need additional testing or services, CAMC can coordinate all of your care quickly and efficiently.

When Do I Need a Mammogram?

Not only do we provide dependable and accessible breast care, but we also offer tips and education to patients regarding early breast cancer detection.  According to the ACR (American College of Radiology) and the NCCN (National Comprehensive Cancer Network) the guidelines include:

  • Annual screening starting at age 40 for women of average risk, but earlier and more intensive screening for high-risk patients.
  • Women with genetics-based increased risk (such as BRCA1 carriers), those with a calculated lifetime risk of 20% or more and those exposed to chest radiation at a young age are recommended to have MRI surveillance starting at ages 25 to 30. These women should start annual mammography at ages 25 to 40, depending on type of risk. Discuss your personal risk with your provider.
  • Women diagnosed with breast cancer prior to age 50 or with personal history of breast cancer and dense breasts should have annual supplemental breast MRI.

Types of Mammography

Digital Mammography

A digital mammogram is the standard in mammography. It allows for the images of the breasts to be adjusted for clarity and visibility.

3D Mammography (Breast Tomosynthesis)

3D mammography is available at all several of our Imaging locations: CAMC Breast Center, CAMC Imaging Center in Southridge, CAMC Imaging Center in Kanawha City, CAMC Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, CAMC Teays Valley Hospital, CAMC Plateau Medical Center and CAMC Cancer Center in Beckley. 3D mammography is now one more tool that we have in the fight against breast cancer that can allow for:

  • Improved detection
  • Fewer callbacks and false alarms
  • Better visualization

Almost all patients who need screening or diagnostic breast imaging can have a 3D mammogram. Insurance coverage may vary, so be sure to check with your insurance provider before scheduling.

Other Breast Health Services

If you need follow up testing, CAMC provides the following services at the Breast Center and other locations as applicable:

  • Breast Ultrasound
  • Breast Biopsy
  • Breast MRI
  • Breast Cancer Treatment
  • A Patient Navigator, to support patients in understanding their disease and treatment plan and overcoming barriers to care.

What Sets Us Apart

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Our expertise in diagnosing and treating breast conditions means that you can be confident coming to CAMC for your care, whether it’s for an annual screening mammogram or additional testing or treatment. 

CAMC’s Breast Center was the first to be established and accredited in West Virginia by the American College of Surgeons National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAP-BC). To receive accreditation, centers must meet the standards of the NAP-BC through a rigorous application process and on-site survey. Centers that are accredited meet or exceed the standards for quality breast care.