What is Mammography?
Mammography is a specific type of low-dose, non-invasive X-ray used to examine breast tissue, commonly searching for breast irregularities. Digital mammograms let your doctor focus in on the areas of concern, enhance readability, and improve interpretation of the images.
Medical experts agree that successful treatment of breast cancer is often linked to early detection. The American Cancer Society recommends a screening mammogram every year for women, beginning at the age of 40. Women who have had breast cancer or those with a family history of breast cancer should talk with their physician regarding individualized recommendations for age and screening frequency.
A typical mammogram consists of two views of each breast. In all four views, the breasts are compressed firmly between two plates. The breast compression and positioning that occurs during imaging is necessary in order to acquire the best possible visualization of breast tissue. Our facility is accredited by the American College of Radiology and our technologists will work hard to ensure that the examination is as brief as possible and to minimize any discomfort.
Preparing for a Mammogram
At the time of your appointment scheduling, please advise us if you have breast implants or have had any breast surgery. In the event you have had previous mammograms, taken at another facility, please obtain the films and bring them with you.
On the day of your test, do not wear deodorant, powder, lotion, or jewelry around your neck. Wear a two-piece outfit, as you will be asked to undress completely from the waist up. The actual procedure of obtaining images takes about 10 minutes. A radiologist will study your mammogram images and report the results to your physician.
Hours of Operation
Monday & Tuesday
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Radiology Information Help Desk-508-363-9384
Patient Access Scheduling-508-363-9729 Please note: a physician order is not required for screenings.