Mammography is the best screening tool used today to find breast cancer. It uses X-rays to create an image of the breast, called a mammogram. Women age 40 and older at average risk should have a mammogram every year.

Routine screening mammograms play a critical role in the early detection of breast cancer and providing improved outcomes for patients. Talk to your doctor about recommendations for when you need to receive a mammogram. Based on your risk factors and medical history, your mammogram screening recommendations may differ.

WVU Medicine uses the most advanced mammography equipment to provide you with high-quality, 3D images using low-dose radiation during the imaging process.

3D Mammography (tomosynthesis) is the most exciting advancement in breast cancer detection. This innovative new technology allows doctors to see breast tissue detail in a way never before possible to help find breast cancer at its earliest stages, when it is most treatable. This increased accuracy also reduces the number of call-backs, sparing women the anxiety, inconvenience and expense of coming back for further testing.

Imaging We Offer

  • Breast MRI
  • Breast scan
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Bone density scan along with screening mammogram
  • Diagnostic mammography (for patients with a new breast abnormality)
  • Screening mammography (for patients with no symptoms)
  • Stereotactic-guided core biopsy
  • Ultrasound-guided core biopsy

What to Expect

During a mammogram, you stand in front of the mammography machine, and the technologist places one of your breasts on a platform and adjusts the platform to a comfortable height for you. The technologist helps you position your head, arms and torso to allow a clear and unobstructed view of your breast tissue. Your breast is gradually compressed against the platform by a clear, plastic plate. Pressure is applied for a few seconds to spread the breast tissue out.

Compression of the breast minimizes the dose of radiation needed to penetrate the tissue and holds your breast still to decrease blurring from movement. During the brief x-ray exposure, you’ll be asked to remain still, and compression will automatically release once the exposure is complete.

After the test, if you are being seen for a yearly routine screening mammogram, you are free to leave once your imaging is complete. According to federal law, you will be

notified of the results of your mammogram within 30 days, but you can usually expect to receive your results sooner.

If you are being seen for diagnostic imaging, you can expect to wait while your images are reviewed in case further testing is needed. You will receive your results the same day. If the radiologist notes any areas of question or concern on your screening mammogram, further testing will be recommended, and we will contact you for scheduling.


Schedule your 3D Mammogram by calling 844-802-2734 option #2.


Medical Office Building 3 (MOB 3)
Women’s Imaging Center
880 N. Tennessee Avenue
Suite 102
Martinsburg, WV 25401

Jefferson Medical Center
207 S. Preston Street
Ranson, WV 25438

Spring Mills Medical Office Building
Women’s Imaging Center
61 Campus Drive
Martinsburg, WV

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