Breast care in Richmond

Accredited by the American College of Radiology as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, Chippenham Hospital provides the Richmond, Virginia area with advanced breast health services, including patient-focused mammography and breast ultrasound.

What is a mammogram?

A mammogram is a low-dose X-ray of your breasts. These X-ray images enable our radiologists to detect and diagnose breast cancer in women. Mammograms also make it possible to see changes in breast tissue that are not yet felt.

Preparing for your mammogram

  • Be prepared to discuss previous mammograms and biopsies. New patients will be asked to bring any previous breast studies with them, if available.
  • Please allot 45 minutes for your appointment.
  • Choose a two-piece outfit, so you only have to remove your top.
  • Please do not apply any deodorant, lotion or powder under your arms or on your breasts.
  • Schedule your mammogram when your breasts will be less tender, such as the week before your menstrual cycle. Consider taking a mild over-the-counter pain reliever about an hour before the mammogram if you have sensitive breasts.
  • Bring your insurance information and referring physician’s contact information.

3D mammography

Chippenham provides the Richmond community with three-dimensional mammography, a state-of-the-art breast imaging tool. 3D mammograms take X-rays from multiple angles around the breast to gather fine details that could be hidden above or below tissue. These images are then generated into a 3D model of the breast.

With 3D mammograms, our radiologists can have a clearer, more accurate view of the breasts than with traditional mammography. This has led to increased breast cancer detection rates and a decreased number of false positives.

Breast ultrasound

Ultrasound imaging of the breasts uses sound waves to capture images of the internal structures of the breast. Breast ultrasounds help diagnose breast lumps or other abnormalities your doctor may have discovered during a physical exam or mammogram.

Breast ultrasounds are noninvasive and do not use any radiation. No special preparation is necessary. We ask that you please leave jewelry at home and wear loose, comfortable clothing. You will be asked to undress from the waist up and to wear a gown that will be provided to you during the procedure.