An Integrated Approach to Breast Health

Annual screening mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, when it’s most treatable.

At Johnston-Willis Hospital, we’re known for providing integrated breast healthcare for women. As part of our services, we’re proud to offer breast ultrasound, breast MRI, and digital 2D and 3D mammography - a revolutionary advancement in more than 30 years for early breast cancer detection.

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Why Johnston-Willis Hospital Should Be Your Breast Health Provider

When you allow Johnston-Willis to provide imaging services, you can rest easier knowing that:

  • We’re an accredited program by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.
  • We’re a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE). This is a designation awarded to the breast imaging centers that achieve excellence by seeking and earning accreditation in American College of Radiology’s (ACR) breast imaging programs and modules in mammography, breast ultrasound, stereotactic breast biopsy, and breast MRI.
  • We have experienced and specialized breast healthcare providers with the expertise and compassion you’re looking for.
  • We have an integrated team of healthcare providers – all under 1 roof – focused on giving you the most comprehensive testing available. If something is detected, our healthcare team is standing by, ready to provide you with a customized treatment plan based on your unique needs.
  • We have convenient options to make an appointment, including by phone and online.
  • We offer an extensive range of breast health diagnostic tools to provide the most comprehensive imaging studies available. Diagnostics and/or screening tools include:
    • Digital mammography (2D and 3D)
    • Breast ultrasound
    • Breast MRI
    • Breast biopsy – stereotactic, 3D, ultrasound, and MRI-guided
  • We have convenient parking and free valet services with easy access to our facility.

We are pleased to offer Tomosynthesis, a 3D imaging used during a mammogram, at Chesterfield Imaging Center.

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A mammogram is an imaging study that uses low-dose X-rays to make pictures of breast tissue. Of the various breast cancer screening modalities, only yearly mammography has confirmed in clinical trials to decrease death and increase survival from breast cancer by detecting breast cancer when it’s smallest and is most treatable. We continue to recommend annual screening with mammography beginning at the age of 40. Our imaging services offer the latest technologies to make sure your mammogram is as accurate and comfortable as possible. When you come for your mammogram, wear a two-piece outfit so your top can be easily removed. Also, please be sure you aren’t wearing deodorant, lotions, or powders.

At Johnston-Willis Hospital, we use digital mammography, which uses low radiation doses and provides clear, precise imaging results.

We offer the best in breast imaging technology. Tomosynthesis is a mammogram that consists of multiple breast images taken in seconds to produce a 3D image. The doctor looks through the breast tissue one thin layer at a time, so fine details are more visible. Patients have the option to choose 2D versus 3D mammography.

Tomosynthesis 3D imaging is also available at Chesterfield Imaging Center.

40% percent of American women have dense breasts. If you’re one of them, screening sonography – whether handheld or automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) technology – may be for you, particularly if your lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is elevated between 15-19%. Johnston-Willis uses both handheld sonography and the Invenia ABUS 3D ultrasound technology to comfortably and quickly image women with dense breast tissue. Each exam takes approximately 15 minutes and is typically done after an annual mammogram. ABUS isn’t for every breast type and a handheld ultrasound may be the best sonography method for you.

If your calculated lifetime risk of breast cancer is >20%, annual screening with breast MRI is recommended in addition to mammography. Combined, these two imaging modalities allows us to detect cancer when it is smallest, particularly in women with increased risk of developing breast cancer.

About 10% of women who have a screening mammogram are asked to return for additional viewing or testing, which can be stressful. You or your doctor may also notice a change in your breast or the development of a new ‘lump’. If the radiologist requests additional mammograms and/or ultrasound for you, then we’ll call you to set up an appointment. During that second appointment, the doctor will review your results with you in detail, and let you know if you need to take any further action.

There are two easy ways to make an appointment for your mammogram:

By phone: (804) 327-8706


If you have any questions about your mammogram appointment with Johnston-Willis, please call (888) 327-8882.

We provide comprehensive screening, diagnosis and treatment of breast health issues. If you have concerns about your breast health, find a new or suspicious lump in your breast or have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer, our breast nurse navigators are here to help you with the breast health procedures you need.

Contact a breast nurse navigator by calling (804) HCA-CARE or (804) 422-2273.

More information about mammography, including what to expect and when to call your doctor, is available at our online health library.