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For scheduled outpatients:
Monday through Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Scheduled stereotactic (minimally invasive) breast biopsies and pre-surgical biopsy needle localizations are available Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

What our patients have to say about their mammography experience.

“Everyone makes you feel very comfortable & they are super nice.”

“My friend was with me during last visit & commented on how clean everything was.”

“I have suggested to many friends that they come to Fauquier.”

“There was almost no wait. I actually was taken back early & done before my appt. time.”

“Tech was very knowledgeable - helpful - and especially friendly.”

“It was great. My appointment ran quickly & smoothly. I was in and out.”

To make an appointment, contact scheduling at
For questions regarding your examination or procedure, please call the Medical Imaging Department at 540-316-4500.


New 3D mammography

In mammography, x-ray technology is used to create digital images of breast tissue to help identify changes that may indicate cancer. Our new, 3D mammography (also known as breast tomosynthesis) is an advanced, clinically proven screening and diagnostic tool for early breast cancer detection.

During the 3D mammography exam, the X-ray arm sweeps in an arc over the breast, taking multiple low dose images. A computer produces a 3D image of the breast tissue in one-millimeter slices, providing greater visibility for your radiologist to see breast detail in a way never before possible. As a result, early breast cancer detection is significantly improved and the need for follow-up imaging is reduced by 15 percent.

With conventional digital mammography, the radiologist is viewing all the complexities of the breast tissue in one flat image. Sometimes breast tissue can overlap, making normal breast tissue look like an abnormal area, or potentially hiding a small cancer. By looking at the breast tissue in slices, the radiologist can provide a more accurate exam. Several recent clinical studies show that 3D mammography demonstrates a 40% increase in the detection of invasive cancer and a 29% increase in the detection of all cancers. 


Screening vs Diagnostic Mammography

A screening mammogram is an annual mammogram that is done every year, when there are no signs or symptoms of a problem. A diagnostic mammogram is used to evaluate a specific symptom of possible disease, such as a lump, or to further evaluate a specific area of the breast as follow-up to a screening mammogram. 3D mammography complements standard 2D mammography and is performed at the same time, with the same system. There is no additional compression required and the exam time may be just about the same or slightly shorter than a 2D exam.

  Low radiation exposure

Fauquier Hospital is the only facility in the region to have the lowest dose technology available for 3D mammography.  This allows for both the 3D and 2D images to be taken with the same radiation dose as 2D images alone.  It also means that the length of time a woman is in compression is the same as only a 2D examination; some 3D systems require double the compression time. 

3D mammography can benefit all women who undergo a standard mammogram, either a screening or a diagnostic examination. However, it may be even more beneficial for a woman’s first baseline mammogram; for women 40-60 years old; women with a significant amount of dense breast tissue, and women with a personal history or a close family history of breast cancer.

You must have a doctor’s order to schedule the exam. Then call 540-316-5800 to schedule your 3D screening mammogram appointment at Fauquier Hospital.

Serving all of Northern Virginia, Fauquier Health’s mammography technology is just one portion of our state of the art imaging and radiology department. For more information on our full range of medical imaging services, visit our main medical imaging page.

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