Mammography is the only screening method proven to reduce breast cancer deaths. ARA Health is proud to offer 3D mammography, or breast tomosynthesis, the most advanced screening technology available. It's able to detect cancer long before a lump can be felt, which positions us to catch cancers earlier, when they're at their most treatable. Annual screening mammography is recommended for all women over the age of 40.


About 3D Mammography

This simple exam uses low-dose X-rays to produce multiple images of the breast, allowing our expert breast imagers to view the breast in layers. A sequence of images is taken of each breast from different angles, providing a more detailed and precise evaluation of the breast tissue than traditional 2D mammography. With 3D mammography, the images are clearer and the accuracy is greater, offering improved cancer detection, particularly with more aggressive and invasive cancers.

For some patients, physicians will request additional imaging, like breast ultrasound or breast MRI, or even a needle biopsy, when more information is needed. Rest assured that our physicians are experts in their field, providing prompt and accurate diagnoses and support along the way. As part of our breast screening programs, we provide breast density and breast cancer risk assessments, which allow us to create personalized screening strategies for our patients.

› Learn more about screening for breast cancer and other breast health services, including our Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Clinic.

You have questions. We have answers.

Below you'll find answers to some of the questions we are commonly asked by patients. Please contact our ARA Cares Coordinator at (828) 436-5500 with any additional questions or concerns.

How do I prepare for a mammogram?
It is helpful to wear a two-piece outfit so that just your top may be removed. Please do not wear lotion or deodorant, as these products may damage our equipment. Screening mammograms do not require a physician's order; however, diagnostic mammograms do. Please be sure to notify our schedulers if you have noticed any changes in your breasts (a lump, nipple discharge, or skin changes) so that we may schedule the correct exam.
What can I expect during a mammogram?
In most cases, the entire exam takes just 20 to 30 minutes. A female technologist will explain the procedure before it starts. You will undress from the waist up, putting on a gown that opens in the front. During the exam, the technologist will position each breast in the scanner. Your breasts will be compressed, or flattened, which may be uncomfortable, but not painful. Compression is essential to producing clear images of the breast's tissue at a lower X-ray dose, and each compression lasts less than a minute.